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Systemic Mycoses

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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 incidence of either of these diseases is relatively lower than that of other infectious diseases such as Anaplasmosis,...

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Oh No, It’s Parvo!

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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 went. My cousin and I met in woods after walking for a while we jumped a rabbit and the race began. We killed...

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Knowledge-Based Breeding

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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 and number of litters it will take to solve a problem or produce a special dog. Thus, when a planned breeding...

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Heat Stroke

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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 fellow houndsmen on how to keep their hounds healthy.  In this area of the Deep South, we are fortunate enough to...

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Common Muscle Injuries in Canine Athletes

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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 veterinarians to correlate specific, consistent abnormal physical exam findings to specific muscle injuries. In...

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