Systemic Mycoses
Nov12

Systemic Mycoses

By Luke D. Peterson, DVM, MS Fungi are a broad category of microorganisms that typically occur in nature as either a mold or yeast form. Many are environmentally beneficial but there are a handful that poses great risk to both dogs and humans. This two part series will focus on the fungi Blastomyces dermatitidis and Histoplasma capsulatum which are found in the environment in most of the eastern half of the United States. The...

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Oh No, It’s Parvo!
Nov12

Oh No, It’s Parvo!

By Treyton (Jai) Diggs, DVM I purchased my first beagles when I was 14 years old. They were a mother and daughter, after I had purchased them I couldn’t wait to hit the woods with them. We returned home so late from getting them I couldn’t hunt them. But I had every intention to hunt the next day after I got out of football practice. I got off the bus and ran in the house changed clothes, grabbed my gun and dogs and off we...

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Knowledge-Based Breeding
Nov12

Knowledge-Based Breeding

By Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia   INTRODUCTION When two breeders meet in conversation they often exchange information about litters and then go about sharing ideas which eventually lead to a future breeding. These conversations remind me about how we learn from our exchanges of information, experience and mistakes, all of which promote learning. Successful breeders know that they must be practical and patient in estimating the time...

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Heat Stroke
Nov12

Heat Stroke

By Jai Diggs, DVM   Living in southeast Louisiana has many advantages and disadvantages when it comes to running/training rabbit dogs. One of the largest disadvantages involves dealing with the heat.  I’ve had several fellow beaglers often approach me about concerns for their hounds potentially “over heating”. My goal, whenever I write an article, is to provide the information that can be used to educate my...

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Common Muscle Injuries in Canine Athletes
Nov12

Common Muscle Injuries in Canine Athletes

By Dr. Luke Peterson, DVM Muscle injuries are more common in athletic dogs than we once thought. Advancements in medical imaging such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT scans) and ultrasound, along with a willingness on the part of those with the financial means to pursue such testing have allowed us to identify and further understand common muscle injuries in canine athletes. This information has helped...

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Canine Prostate Disease
Nov12

Canine Prostate Disease

By Dr. Luke Peterson, DVM   I always have a small amount of extra sympathy for an intact male dog when he enters the exam room. A truly thorough physical exam of such a patient requires a digital rectal exam to evaluate the prostate gland. In truth, most male dogs we see are neutered and have very few prostate problems but occasionally we see (and feel) prostate disease in our patients. There are four common disease processes in...

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