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While many of the veterinary, genetic and animal care related sites accessible from the DogInfomat, contain a wealth of educational, interesting and informative material, it is important, as with all information,that you reference a variety of credible sources to allow you to properly weight and verify the information.

Additionally, this information IS NOT INTENDED TO SERVE AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR DIRECT VETERINARY DIAGNOSIS AND CARE. Nor, is the inclusion of any entities or individuals providing products or services to be construed as a recommendation or endorsement. As with any product or service, it is important that you investigate and research potential providers to verify their suitability and qualifications.

Conferring with your local veterinarian and other canine health care providers, as well as educating yourself, through research and study will help enable you to make the best decisions possible, given your particular situation and specific dog(s).

Seasonal Concerns
Specific Conditions & Diseases
Disasters, Emergencies,
First Aid and Poisons

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  • And, PLEASE familiarize yourself with first aid and emergency procedures BEFORE you are confronted with an emergency or illness. Many emergency situations require fast and precise action and treatment to assure the best outcome for your pet. Discuss these potential situations with your veterinarian and find out about your specific clinic's recommendations and emergency procedures. If your dog is ill or injured, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.

    I have also included several sites that I believe will be of interest to the veterinary professional. And, for those of you who are considering a career in veterinary medicine, many of the schools and professional organization websites, under "Major Sites & Indexes", not only contain information which can help get you started, they also can direct you to additional resources.


    Weather changes, seasonal products, and events and holidays bring about special concerns with regard to our pet's health and safety. Below you will find information to help you keep your pet well and safe.

    General Seasonal

    Spring/Summer Fall/Winter
    Holiday Related

  • General

  • Seasonal Concerns, American Veterinary Medical Association

  • Spring/Summer       To Top      Seasonal Concerns Index


  • The DogInfomat's Tips for a Safe and Healthy Spring and Summer
  • AKC's Canine Summer Safety Guidelines brochure

  • Fall/Winter       To Top      Seasonal Concerns Index


  • AKC's Winter Care For Canines brochure
  • Fall/Winter Care Tips & Hazard Warnings by Dr. Sue Pounds, DVM
  • General Pet Care Tips for the Winter Veterinary Network

  • Holiday Related       To Top      Seasonal Concerns Index


  • Putting a puppy under the tree? Experts say think twice from CNN Interactive, Mary Ann McGann (VXtreme plug-in required to playback the video)
  • "No Christmas Puppies, Please" by Ruth Ginzberg


  • Holiday Dangers Ralston Purina Company @ Tomball Veterinary Clinic Library
  • Surviving The Holidays With Your Dog by Vicki DeGruy at The Dog Owner's Guide website
  • HSUS Offers Tips to Keep Pets Safe from Halloween Tricks and Treats
  • Vets: Holidays dangerous for pets from the Sun Herald, Caren Benjamin
  • Remember pet safety for holidays from the Sun Herald Online, Dr. Don Palermo


    Links to Articles covering
    Specific Diseases or Conditions
    Additional Resources
    Specific Diseases or Conditions

    Specific Diseases or Conditions
    Links Verified & Updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2003       To Top

    * - denotes diseases that are known or suspected to be inherited, or that may have genetic contributing factors.

  • Aging/Senior Dogs
    Aging in Dogs, Changes in Behavior Associated with by Sgt Ron Gendron Mass. Dept. of Corrections and Debra Horwitz, DVM; Canine Courier 1995
    The Senior Dog Project - Information & support for older dog owners and those considering adopting an older dog
    Visit the DogInfomat Library/Special Needs & Geriatric Dogs Section for more links and information
  • Allergies (Human)
    American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
    Allergic to Dogs? & Dog Allergy Message Board @ the American Hairless Terrier Website
    rpd Allergy FAQ, Cindy Tittle Moore
  • Anal Glands
    Anal Glands - "Rear Rubbing" by Dr. Pamela Abney, Veterinary Consultant to the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges @ From the Vet/Women.Com;
    Anal Gland Disease @ The Animal Clinic;
    Anal Sac Cancer in Dogs Lili Duda, VMD, Section Editor of the OncoLink Veterinary Oncology, UofPenn
  • Arthritis
    Arthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease) by Lowell Ackerman D.V.M., Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology
    Arthritis (treatment): The Rimadyl Page at the Senior Dogs Project
  • Blastomycosis
    Blastomycosis UW-Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Bloat - According to Purdue University's Report on Bloat, the top 10 Breeds at Risk include: Great Dane, Saint Bernard, Weimaraner, Irish Setter, Gordon Setter, Standard Poodle, Bassett Hound, Doberman Pinscher, Old English Sheepdog and German Shorthaired Pointer. Visit the sites listing below for more information on this serious medical condition:
    * by Joe Bodewes, DVM @ Dr. Foster & Smith's Pet Education Library
    Bloat: First Aid for aka Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus Syndrome (GDV), prepared by Siefried Zahn D.V.M; Adapted from "Bloat in Large Dogs"; Published by Univelt, Inc. 1983; (ISBN 0-912183-00-4) @ reprinted at Dachshund.Org
    Bloat Research Program & Bloat Notes Newsletter and Recent Findings Purdue University, School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Bordatella see Kennel Cough
  • Brucellosis
    Canine Brucellosis by Mike Richards, DVM, at VetInfo
    Canine Brucellosis Univ of IL, College of Veterinary Medicine, Pet Column
  • Cancer
    Cancer: Oncolink's Veterinary Oncology Section and FAQS
  • Coccidiosis see Parasites
  • Coprophagia
    Owner Documentation of Coprophagia in the Canine a study by Erik Hofmeister; Melinda Cumming, DVM; Cheryl Dhein, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Information on Probable Causes, Treatment Options and Health Implications is also available)
  • Coronavirus
    Canine Coronavirus by Race Foster, DVM and Marty Smith, DVM @ Dr. Foster & Smith's Pet Education Library
  • Cryptorchidism
    * by Race Foster, DVM and Marty Smith, DVM @ Dr. Foster & Smith's Pet Education Library
  • Cushings Disease Cushings Website & Forum
    Cushings Disease by Michael Richards, DVM @ VetInfo
    Cushings Syndrome @ Department of Small Animal Surgery and Medicine, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
    Three articles on Cushings in Dogs are available in the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine - Urbana/Champaign's Pet Columns
  • Cystinuria
    Cystinuria in Newfoundland Dogs
    * by Sharon Gwaltney DMV PhD at the VETPLUS-L Client Information Pages
  • Deafness * (some forms)
    Deafness in Dogs & Cats George M. Strain, Professor of Neuroscience, School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University
    Deaf Dog Education Action Fund with a great page of resources
    DeafDogs eMail List @ Yahoo! Groups
  • Degenerative Spinal Myelopathy * (some forms/diseases predisposition suspected)
    Degenerative Spinal Myelopathy On-line Resources compiled by Moc Klinkam for
    Degenerative Myelopathy Page lovingly dedicated to the memory of Zaxxan Of Carn Cabel (Zak) by Andy & Jan
  • Dental
    Pet Dental Website brought to the web by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Dental Society and Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.
    All Pets Dental Library
  • Diabetes
    Diabetes Mellitus @ Department of Small Animal Surgery and Medicine, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
    Canine Diabetes Website by Kris
    Pets with Diabetes
  • Disabled & other Special Need Canines visit the Library
  • Drugs & Treatments
    FDA CVM (Center for Veterinary Medicine) - What's New and Subject Index
    The the FDA's Approved Animal Drug List "Green Book" at the FDA's CVM website and online database index @ Univ of VT. Veterinarians and Dog Owners can file an ADE (Adverse Drug Experience) report with the CVM/FDA. For more information, visit the ADE page at the CVM website
    United States Pharmacopeia supports the practice of quality veterinary therapeutics through the USP Veterinary Drug Information, Quality Standards for Veterinary Products, and the Veterinary Practitioners' Reporting (VPR) Program
  • Distemper
    Canine Distemper @ the American Veterinary Medical Association Website
    Canine Distemper @ the Animal Health Channel
  • Ears
    Otitis Externa by Holly Frisby, DVM at PetEducation.Com
    Surgical Ear Diseases in Small Animals by Dr. Lucy Henney and Dr. Craig Riggs, Oakland Veterinary Referral Services, Bloomfield, Michigan
    Ear Care (in Poodles or other hairy, flop eared dog) by Grace L. Blair, M.D. at the VIP website
  • Ehrlichiosis
    Ehrlichiosis: A Silent and Deadly Killer by Jan Hendricks, Border Terrier Breeder and Bob Wilson, Border Terrier Owner
    Ehrlichiosis by Michael Richards, DVM @ VetInfo
  • Elbows
    Canine Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Resources * by Moc Klinkam at WorkingDogs.Com
  • Endoctrine/Immune System
    Immune System and Disease Resistance
    * by W. Jean Dodds, DVM @ Golden Retrievers in Cyberspace
    Endocrine: Addison's Disease by Nancy Kay, DVM, ACVIM at the VIP Website
    Endocrinology Disorders FAQ (Hypothyroidism, Cushings, Addisons)
    The Immune System and Disease Resistance by W. Jean Dodds DVM @ Golden Retrievers in Cyberspace
    Canine Autoimmune Thyroid Disease and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
    Endocrine: Thyroid Testing in Dogs: A Reference for Dog Breeders and Owners by Karen Wolfsheimer, D.V.M., Ph.D. and Colleen Brady, B.A., Veterinary Student @ SiriusDog.Com
    Thyroid, Canine registry & disease info @ the OFA wbsite
  • Epilepsy * (some forms/diseases)
    Canine Epilepsy Network Committee on Research, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia
    #EPILK9: Canine Epilepsy Information Page
    Canine Epilepsy Website
    Living with an Epileptic Pet by Lori S. Mohr at
    Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders by Michael Richards, DVM at VetInfo
    Idiopathic Canine Epilepsy by Dr. Gary Rosnick, DVM at Epilepsy Ontario
  • Eyes: Diseases & Conditions of * (some forms/diseases)
    Owners of Blind Dogs Website including the Blind Dog Connections eMail Discussion List & Chat
    Keller: Life with a Blind Dog @ Labrador Retriever Rescue
    Links to Blindness & Canine Ophthamological Websites at the Meet Our Blind Dogs website
    Eye: Basic Canine Eye Anatomy by Michael Zigler D.V.M., Certified Veterinary Ophthamologist
    Eye Problems in Collies by Michael Zigler D.V.M., Certified Veterinary Ophthamologist
    Eye: Cataracts by Michael Zigler D.V.M., Certified Veterinary Ophthamologist
    Eye: CERF Site @ Purdue University
    Eye: Corneal Ulcers by Michael Zigler D.V.M., Certified Veterinary Ophthamologist
    Eye: Glaucoma by Michael Zigler D.V.M., Certified Veterinary Ophthamologist
    Eye: Horner's Syndrome by Michael Zigler D.V.M., Certified Veterinary Ophthamologist
    Eye: Inflammation of the Eye (Uveitis) by Dr. Dennis Hacker, edited by Dr. Michael Zigler
    Eye: Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) - "dry eye" by Michael Zigler D.V.M., Certified Veterinary Ophthamologist
    Eye: Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) Today by Gregory Acland, Senior Research Associate and Gustavo Aguirre, Caspary Professor of Ophthalmology
    Eye: (PPM) Persistent Pupillary Membranes in Dogs by Julie Gionfriddo, DVM, Diplomat ACVO, ACVO Genetics Committee/CERF Liaison, CERF News, June 1997, Purdue University
    Eye: Prolapsed Gland of the Third Eyelid - "Cherry Eye" by Michael Zigler D.V.M., Certified Veterinary Ophthamologist
    Eye: Retinal Dysplasia by Ann Begun with Lewis Campbell, DVM, Diplomate ACVO
    Eye: Retinal Dysplasia and Retinal Folds by Julie Gionfriddo, DVM, Diplomat ACVO, ACVO Genetics Committee/CERF Liaison, CERF News, Dec 1996, Purdue University
    Eye: Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration (SARD) by Michael Zigler D.V.M., Certified Veterinary Ophthamologist
    Eye: Articles of interest related to Veterinary Ophthalmology at Animal Eye Specialists
  • Fleas - See Parasites
  • Food & Nutrition
    The Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) regulates the manufacture and distribution of food additives and drugs that will be given to animals, including food additives and drugs for pet (or companion) animals
    Food & Nutrition: Dog Food Information including "Understanding Dog Foods & Dog Food Labels" Parts I & II and the "Dog Food Comparison Charts" by Earl Wolfe
    Food Allergies by Joe Bodewes, DVM, PetEducation.Com
    Skin and Allergy Problems in Dogs FAQ by Cheryl Minnier @ RPD website
  • Giardia see Parasites
  • Diseases of the Heart * (some forms/diseases)
    Heart: Cardiology Service Website Texas A & M CVM
    The OFA Cardiac Database @ the OFA website
    Cardiomyopathy in Dogs @ Columbia Animal Hospital
    Heart Disease in Dogs at the American Veterinary Medical Association
    Heart: SAS (subvalvular aortic stenosis) - What it is, and Why Breeder Should be Concerned by Denise Mankin, DVM
    Heart: Veterinary Heart Institute
  • Heartworm see Parasites
  • Hip Dysplasia *
    Hip Dysplasia Section @ UW Madison's Comparative Orthopaedic Research Laboratory
    Canine Hip Dysplasia @ Kansas State University
    Coping with Canine Hip Dysplasia @ About.Com
    Hip Dysplasia registry & disease info @ the OFA website
  • Hookworms see Parasites
  • Kennel Cough
    Kennel Cough Michael Richards, DVM at VetInfo.Com
    Kennel Cough, aka "Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis" The Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, CVM-Kansas State University
  • Myopathy
    Myopathy of Labrador Retrievers, Hereditary (HMLR )
    * aka Skeletal Muscle Myopathy, by Pamela A. Davol, Wing-N-Wave Labradors
  • Paralysis
    Center for Paralysis Research School of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University

  • Parasites
    A General Discussion of Parasites by Holly Frisby, DVM @ PetEducation.Com
    Parasites and Your Pet at the Parasites & Parasitological Resources Website @ OSU College of Biological Sciences
    Worms in Dogs Saint Bernard Club of New South Wales, Inc. AU
    Coccidiosis by Race Foster, DVM and Marty Smith, DVM @ Dr. Foster & Smith's Pet Education Library
    Giardia, Guarding Against by Maggie Fisher BVetMed MRCVS, The International Journal of Veterinary Medicine
    Heartworm Canine Heartworm Information provided by American Heartworm Society (A Heartworm FAQ, Glossary and a section on Feline Heartworm is also available)
    Hookworms by Holly Frisby DVM @ Dr. Foster & Smith's Pet Education Library
    Roundworm @ Ohio State University
    Tapeworms by Lowell Ackerman D.V.M., Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology
    Tick Image Gallery Iowa State University
    Flea & Tick FAQ by Cindy Tittle Moore @ RPD FAQs
    Fleas and Flea Allergy Dermatitis @ Medicom UK
    Fleas in Dogs & Cats @ the Univ. of Minnesota - Extension
    Fleas @ YouAskTheVet.Com
    Fleas: "Siphonapterology made simple!" by Nick McGlennon MA VetMB DVR CertSAO MRCVS, The International Journal of Veterinary Medicine
    Whipworms in Dogs by Holly Frisby, DVM @ Dr. Foster & Smith's Pet Education Library
  • Parvovirus
    Parvovirus Infection, Canine by Joe Bodewes, DVM @ Dr. Foster & Smith's Pet Education Library
    Canine Parvovirus Information Page @ Mar Vista Animal Medical Center
  • Patellar Luxation
    Patellar Luxation
    * registry & disease info @ the OFA website
  • Phosphofructokinase Deficiency (PFK) *
    Phosphofructokinase Deficiency (PFK) at the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association website
  • Rabies
    CDC's Rabies Site
    Rabavert Website (commercial)
  • Roundworm see Parasites
  • Diseases of the Skin * (some forms/diseases)
    Skin: Dermatitis (Atopic) in the Dog by Stephen Shaw, BVetMed, CertSAD, MRCVS, The International Journal of Veterinary Medicine
    Skin: Dermatomyositis articles at Mary Jo Sminkey's Dogpatch include: Muller and Kirk's: Small Animal Dermatology - 5th ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders, 1995, pages 759-764 and more info on Dermatomysotis
    Skin: Sebaceous Adenitis (SA), Understanding Published by the Institute for Genetic Disease Control in Animals (June 1994) at the VIP website
  • Spay/Neuter
    Spay/Neuter information can be found here
  • Sports Medicine
    Sports Medicine Program Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Robert L. Gillette, Director
    Dr. Robert L. Gillette's Personal Site devoted to Athletic and Working Dogs
    American Canine Sports Medicine Association - "Tidbits", Newsletter, Membership, etc.

  • Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome
    Canine Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University (update 01/2000)
  • Tapeworms see Parasites
  • Ticks see Parasites
  • Toxic & Dangerous Substances see Poisons & Toxins
  • Urinary Tract * (some forms/diseases)
    Common Urinary Diseases and Developmental Disorders of the Urinary Tract in Dogs by Race Foster, DVM and Marty Smith, DVM @ Dr. Foster & Smith's Pet Education Library
    Kidneys & Urinary Tract: Canine Renal Disease by Susan L. Fleisher in loving memory of George
    Juvenile Renal Disease (in Poodles) - applicable to other breeds, a review, by Grace L. Blair, M.D. at the VIP website
    Canine and Feline Nephrology and Urology Page (Kidneys & Urinary Tract) Katherine M. James, DVM, Department of Medical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Urinary Incontinence   This condition can often be treated and/or managed with assistance and advice from your veterinarian
    Urinary Incontinence reprinted from DOBERMAN DISPATCH @ DPR of PA with permission from Margot B. Schwag, VMD; Urinary Incontinence by Marty Smith, DVM @ PetEducation.Com; and Urinary Incontinence in the Dog @ Columbia Animal Hospital
  • Vaccinations
    Vaccines, Vaccination, and the Immune System of Dogs by Race Foster, DVM and Marty Smith, DVM @ Dr. Foster & Smith's Pet Education Library
  • von Willebrand's *
    von Willebrand's Disease by Race Foster, DVM and Marty Smith, DVM @ Dr. Foster & Smith's Pet Education Library
    von Willebrand's Disease, DNA Studies in Doberman: The Mutation Discovered and a DNA Test Developed by George J. Brewer, Professor, Department of Human Genetics and Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, Co-Founder of VetGen LLC
    Doberman vWD Disease Statistics at VetGen
  • Whipworms see Parasites
  • Wobbler's Syndrome *
    Wobbler's Syndrome by Bruce R. Wittels, D.V.M. at the UK National G.S.D. Help Line
    Wobbler's Syndrome in Dogs, by Linda March, Information Specialist, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Zoonotic Diseases
    Zoonotic Disease Info by Michael Richards, DVM at VetInfo.Com
    Zoonotic Disease Page at the World Health Organization Website
    Zoonotic Disease Page @ About.Com

  • Addt'l Reference Resources & Indexes       To Top      To Top of Section
    Links Verified & Updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2003

    American Animal Hospital Association's Pet Care Library

    Animal Health Articles, Researched and written by Virginia Lawrence, Ph.D.

    Dr. Foster & Smith's Pet Education Website Loads of articles, by species, (Dog here) and topic, covering such topics as Health, Behavior, Responsible Ownership, and more. An alpha-index of all articles is also available.

    Hill's Pet Nutrition hosts the Atlas of Clinical Anatomy and Pet Disease Articles

    Pet Columns - Dogs at the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine

    Mar Vista Animal Medical Center's Pet Web Library

    Tomball Veterinary Clinic's Health Care Library

    Tiercom Information Service's Vet Info website features "Ask Dr. Mike", a large indexed collection of Q&A articles related to health and disease for Dogs, categorized by disease/topic, and the Encyclopedia of Canine Veterinary Medical Information, alphabetically arranged. All veterinary articles are authored by Michael Richards, DVM

    VETPLUS-L Client Information Pages are "provided by the veterinarians and clinics of the VETPLUS-L as a public service. They come from all over the world, and are for informational purposes only. Accuracy and factual content are strictly the domain of the contributing authors. Use of this information to diagnose or treat any animal should always be done with the participation and guidance of your own veterinarian. If you want to copy or reproduce any of this information, you should contact the original authors for permission to do so." Includes information on becoming a veterinarian.

    Deafness in Dogs & Cats: Information on Deafness Incidence, Causes, and Management For Owners, Breeders, and Researchers * by George M. Strain, Professor of Neuroscience, School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University

    EyeVet: Veterinary Ophthamology Page by Michael Zigler D.V.M., Certified Veterinary Ophthamologist

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    PLEASE read the following BEFORE you are confronted with an emergency or illness. Many emergency situations require fast and precise action and treatment to assure the best outcome for your pet. Discuss these situations with your vet and find out what they suggest for your specific dog and about their clinic's emergency procedures. If your dog is ill or injured, it is recommended that you contact your veterinarian as soon as possible, following his or her specific contact procedures.

    Additionally, you may want to print copies of these lists and emergency procedures. Keeping them in your conveniently located, Canine First Aid Kit, will assure your ability to retreive them quickly, when needed. Additionally, keeping fresh and adequate antedotes and treatment supplies in your first aid kit, will help you be prepared to provide what might prove to be life saving, emergency care, to your dog, should the need arise.

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    Distasters & Disaster Planning

    First Aid & First Aid Kits

    Poisons & Toxins
    General Pet Safety Sites

  • Disaster Planning       To Top      To Section Index

    Be Prepared: Animal Safety @ the Red Cross website

    Animals and Emergencies: Preparedness Information @ the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

    Earthquakes - Tips for Pet Owners California Governor's Office of Emergency Services

    Earthquake Tips for Service Animals and Pet Owners Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco/American Red Cross

    American Veterinary Medical Association Disaster Preparedness Series

    Florida Animal Disaster Planning Advisory Council Website

    Flood, Fire, Earthquake: How to Protect & Care for Your Dog in an Emergency by Catherine Zinski @ (refer to Pets and Disaster: Be Prepared at the Red Cross website

    Collier County Government's Hotels & Motels that accept pets during disasters (ALABAMA FLORIDA GEORGIA MISSISSIPPI)

    Ohio Veterinary Medical Association's Disaster Shelters by County

    Keeping Companion Animals Safe During Disasters and Disaster Preparedness Shopping List For Dogs
    @ United Animal Nations

    FEMA Independent Study Course

  • Emergency Health       To Top      To Section Index

    Canine CPR Lori S. Mohr (as referenced by First Aid For Dogs by Tim Hawcroft) @ BestFriends.Org

    Animal CPR by Henry Feldman and Lori Feldman DVM (with printable PDF brochure)

    Medical Emergencies Univ of IL, College of Veterinary Medicine, Pet Column

    Relaying your Pet Emergency to Your Veterinarian Univ of IL, College of Veterinary Medicine, Pet Column

    Poison Control, ASPCA/National Animal Poison Control Center

    Relaying your Pet Emergency to Your Veterinarian Univ of IL, College of Veterinary Medicine, Pet Column

  • First Aid       To Top      To Section Index

    First Aid Univ of IL, College of Veterinary Medicine, Pet Column

    First Aid Kit, What to Put In Your Canine by Anne V. McGuire

    Canine First Aid Kit at the Golden Retriever Club of Illinois website

  • Poisons and Toxins       To Top      To Section Index

    EXTOXNET is a cooperative effort of University of California-Davis, Oregon State University, Michigan State University, Cornell University, and the University of Idaho

    American Veterinary Medical Association's Pet Owner's Guide to Common Small Animal Poisons

    Poison Control, ASPCA/National Animal Poison Control Center This link was submitted by Dr. Jill Richardson, a veterinary poison information specialist, with the center. Who stated " . . . (the organization) is the first and only animal-orientated poison control center in North America. We are a non-profit service and have provided toxicological consultation with veterinarians and animal owners for over 17 years." Prevention and treatment information is available at the site.

    Cornell University's Poisonous Plants Page includes plant images, pictures of affected animals and presentations concerning the botany, chemistry, toxicology, diagnosis and prevention of poisoning of animals by plants and other natural flora (fungi, etc.). When completed, the public will be able to find pictures and information about toxic plants by:
  • Alphabetical listing of botanical names by genus and species
  • The type of poisons present
  • Species of animals commonly affected
    Currently, most textual information is accessed from the Canadian Poisonous Plants Information System

    Toxins (Poisons) That Affect Dogs by Michael Richards, DVM @ VetInfo

    Chocolate can be toxic for dogs Bonnie Dalzell, MA

    Poisoning in a Dog Due to Mescalbeans by Virginia Lawrence

    Dog Owners' Guide to California Foxtails & other plants dangerous to dogs in the field with photos by Curtis Clark

  • General       To Top      To Section Index

    Animal Safety
    American Veterinary Medical Association

    Keeping Your Pet Safe @ the DogInfomat

    Safety Information from the Los Angeles SPCA

    Inherited Diseases, Research, Registries, Testing, and Reproduction Considerations
    Additional Reference Links related to genetics: Glossary of Genetic Terms at the Canine Diversity Project website; AcmePet's Genetics Glossary and Introduction to Canine Genetics; and the Primer on Molecular Genetics at the Human Genome Program of the U.S. Department of Energy website (2001 UPDATE AVAILABLE).
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    Those %#&*^@ Acronyms
    AKC Canine Health Foundation
    AVAR's Guide to Genetic Disease in Dogs
    Canine Diversity Project
    CERF Information
    Canine Genetics Research at VGL
    Canine Genetics Resource @ Acme Pet
    DNA Laboratories
    Dog Genome Project
    Eliminating Genetic Disease
    Hereditary Problems Page
    Institute for Genetic Disease Control
    ISAG's DogMap Homepage
    Morris Animal Foundation
    Orthopedic Concerns: OFA, PennHIP
    Oxford Journal of Heredity
    Primer on Molecular Genetics (US DOE)
    Purdue University/Veterinary Medicine
    Commercial Genetic Testing Labs

    Those %#&*^@ ACRONYMS

    Although, you will find a good deal more information on these topics throughout this section, I wanted to provide a convenient quick reference section for those of you who may be scratching your heads and saying "OFA, CERF, PennHIP, PFK . . . ??"

  • AAHA: American Animal Hospital Association

  • ACVO: American College of Veterinary Opthalmologists Diplomates

  • AVAR: Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights

  • AVMA: American Veterinary Medical Association

  • BAER Testing: Deafness & BAER Testing

  • CVMA: Canadian Veterinary Medical Association

  • CVM: Center for Veterinary Medicine (US-FDA (Federal Drug Administration)

  • CERF: Canine Eye Registration Foundation

  • DNA: Deoxyribonucleic Acid

  • DVM: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

  • GDC: Institute for Genetic Disease Control

  • GVD: Bloat aka Gastric Dilatation/Volvulus by Race Foster, DVM and Marty Smith, DVM @ Dr. Foster & Smith's Pet Education Library

  • ISAG: International Society for Animal Genetics (UK)

  • KCS: Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca - "dry eye"

  • NARC: Narcolepsy

  • OFA: Orthopedic Foundation for Animals

  • PennHIP: PennHIP

  • PFK: Phosphofructokinase Deficiency

  • PPM: Persistent Pupillary Membranes in Dogs

  • PRA: Progressive Retinal Atrophy Today

  • PRCD: Progressive Rod Cone Degeneration (type of PRA)

  • SA: Sebaceous Adenitis (SA)

  • SARD: Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration

  • SAS: Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis - What it is, and Why Breeder Should be Concerned

  • SCID: Severe Combined Immunodeficieny Disorder
  • vWD: von Willebrand's Disease by Race Foster, DVM and Marty Smith, DVM @ Dr. Foster & Smith's Pet Education Library

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    The mission of the AKC Canine Health Foundation is to develop significant resources for basic and applied health programs with emphasis on canine genetics to improve the quality of life for dogs and their owners. The AKCCHF website features information on events, seminars, grants & research, a newsletter archives, and more.

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    AVAR's Guide to Genetic Disease in Dogs, published by the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights, includes two directories consisting of
  • Section I consists of a list of 148 purebred dog breeds, each of which is accompanied by a number or series of numbers that correspond to the genetic diseases identified and described in Section II; and,
  • Section II is an alphabetical listing of genetically transmitted diseases that occur in purebred dogs. Each disease is assigned an identification number, and some diseases are followed by the names of the breeds known to be subject to those diseases.
  • When reviewing the information presented, please remember, as stated in the guide, that "The conditions listed in the Guide to Congenital and Heritable Disorders in Dogs occur with different degrees of frequency and severity from one breed to the next. Hip dysplasia, umbilical hernias, and allergies, for example, are common conditions found in many breeds, whereas serious malformations (such as the lysosomal ‘storage' diseases) and life-threatening diseases (such as hemophilia and certain cancers) are found with less frequency. The impact of a particular disorder on the health and longevity of the breed or breeds that it affects will depend on the nature and severity of that disorder. Therefore, no attempt has been made to assign priority among the diseases identified in this catalogue." For further information, you may wish to consult a veterinarian, veterinary or breed specific reference materials, and/or the specific breed's parent club.

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    The Canine Diversity Project website describes the project as " . . . an attempt to acquaint breeders of domesticated Canidae (dogs) with the dangers of inbreeding and the overuse of pre-eminent males". This informative and educational site includes links to several genetic resources and hosts several original articles. Topics cover include a current listing of available tests for Genetic Testing as well as Genetic Testing: A Guide for Breeders by Dr. Mary Whiteley; Endangered Canids; Reintroduction Projects; Related Health Issues; Research in Progress; and, MUCH more. There is also information regarding the associated CANGEN-L eMail List. As a member of this list, I can tell you there are alot of extremely knowledgeable and helpful people on this list, making the list is very interesting and educational.

    A few examples of the excellent materials you will find available at, or from, the website include: Genetics and Diversity by Dr. John Armstrong, Dr. Leos Kral, C.A. Sharp, Dr. Catherine Marley, J. Jeffrey Bragg, Dr. Hellmuth Wachtel and others; Inbreeding and Linebreeding by Dr. Sue Ann Bowling; Phenotypic vs Genotypic Heterogeneity by Dr. Leos Kral; and, much more. Major site sections include: Canine Cousins; Canis familiaris - with a focus on selected breeds, breeding issues, and recommended reading; Genetics - including the current canine linkage map, articles on genetics and breeding, dealing with genetic disease; Related Health Issues; and the Diversity Project's Amazon.Com Associate Bookstore featuring recommended titles.

    Also, (if you have information to contribute), consider participating in the Diversity Project's Longevity Study. They are looking for information that will help them understand the reasons for the differences in lifespan between different breeds and sizes of dogs.

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    Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine is home to the Canine Eye Registration Foundation. The CERF Information Page hosts the CERF Brochure, a ACVO Doctors' List, the CERF Certification Inquiry and online versions of the CERF Newsletter.

    CERF information at the Working Retriever website, provided by Ron Mandsager, DVM, provides an easily understood overview of the Canine Eye Registration Foundation, whose goal is " . . . eliminating heritable eye diseases in purebred dogs through registration, research, and education". CERF, in cooperation with the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO), maintains a registry of purebred dogs that the ACVO Diplomates (members) have examined and found to be unaffected by major heritable eye disease.

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    The Canine Information Page at the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, UC Davis, contains links to project information including the Canine Genetic Research, which is the entity actively working on projects that contribute to the international effort to understand the canine genome. With the help of samples donated by interested owners and breeders, they are currently working to develop a comprehensive DNA database for understanding dog genetics. There goal is to collect samples from at least fifty dogs unrelated in the first generation from each breed. There are, also, links to a wide variety of additional sites with information related to Canine Genetics and Genetic Mapping projects and on the Canine Services Page you can learn about services offered, include parentage verification and DNA based diagnostic genetic disease screening, whose profits support much of the institution's canine genetics research efforts.

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    The Canine Genetics Resource at Acme Pet features Genetic Articles, including a very good, "Introduction to Canine Genetics"; The Genetic Cul-de-sac: Dogs as an endangered species by Susan Thorpe-Vargas Ph.D., John Cargill MA, MBA, MS, D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D.; the Canine Genetics Bulletin Board; the Genetics Glossary; and, Links to other web-based information.

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    GenTest (AU)
    PennGen VetGen

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    The Dog Genome Project is a collaborative study of the University of California, the University of Oregon and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center whose goal is to produce a map of ALL of the chromosomes in dogs. Such a map can be used to locate the genes causing disease and those controlling morphology and behavior. It is hoped, that this research will assist medical researchers in the development of treatments and cures which will improve the quality of life for both dogs, and humans.

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    At the Bearded Collie Health Website/Genetics Page, the article Identifying and Controlling Defective Genes: Knowing How is the First Step in Tackling the Problem, by Elsa J Sells, MD, provides a good introduction to canine genetics and provides information about testing, modes of inheritance, etc. The article that first appeared in The AKC Gazette, July, 1993. It was reprinted in the Beardie Bulletin in February 1996 and is also available online.

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    From the GDC Website: "In 1990 a group including veterinarians, scientists, dog breeders and owners associated with the International Elbow Working Group (I.E.W.G) created the non-profit Institute for Genetic Disease Control in Animals (GDC) as the first national and international controlled-access open registry for canine orthopedic genetic diseases."

    "The GDC registry was modeled after the Swedish open registry for canine hip dysplasia that contributed to a significant reduction in that disease in Sweden during the 1980s. GDC expanded on the Swedish idea, creating a computer-based registry flexible and sophisticated enough to include all breeds and any known or suspected genetic diseases that breeders, veterinarians and researchers would want to collect data on."

    "At the request of various breed groups, GDC has established additional registries including eye, heart, cancer and other genetic diseases and has expanded the original orthopedic registry. GDC has also created a number of research registries for suspected genetic diseases."

    Paul Poulos, DVM, PhD, DACVR, is executive director of GDC and you can read more about their work at at "About GDC"

    OPEN REGISTRY ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN However, at my latest visit to the GDC website, I read that there is a possibility that the GDC may not receive adequate funding to continue its registry work. I wrote to the organization for further information to help 'get the word out' The following information was provided by George Packard of the GDC.

    FROM:   George Packard, GDC Information Services

    In addition to the following list of ways you can help be an advocate for open registries, we are trying to find some very talented volunteers: fundraisers, publicity people, writers, web designers and programmers, and very experienced breeders who can speak from their own experience re. sharing health info and breeding by knowing where the affected and carrier dogs are in a dog's close family. Visit the GDC website for further information.

    Here are a few ways you can help the GDC effort right now:

    1) Do you know other breeders or owners who share your opinions about open registries and using better breeding methods to control genetic disease? If so, contact them and let them know what GDC is doing. Have them join the GDC Newnote email list (request to or contact me, directly, at

    2) Does your club have a newsletter? If so, please let your editor know that GDC has articles for reprint on genetic disease and breeding issues. Or better yet, I can provide you with short articles which you can submit to the newsletter. You are welcome to reprint any of the articles from the GDC newsletter, the Exchange, including interviews with Dr. George Padgett, Dr. Malcolm Willis and Dr. Jerold Bell. You can find those on the GDC website.

    3) Does your club have an email list? If so, please post an email, explaining your support for open registries and directing interested people to GDC. We are expanding the GDC Email Newsnote list to keep interested breeders and other informed about open registry and breeding issues. I hope to have 3-5000 people on this list by the end of the year, people who are committed the open registry concept and who can raise their voices together as advocates for sharing health information. At some point we will want to be able to show AKC how strong this demand is.

    Please include the following notice in your posts:

    GDC Open Registry Email Newsnote:

    Concerned about genetic disease in dogs?
    Committed to sharing health information?
    Want to be an advocate for open registries?
    Need info on breeding methods to reduce genetic disease?

    SUBSCRIBE to the GDC Email Newsnote list. Send subscription request to

    GDC maintains a national/international open registry and supports the widespread use of open registries and proven breeding methods to reduce genetic disease among purebred dogs.

    4) Does your club have a health committee? If so, please let them know about GDC and the new GDC HealthCom online discussion group, which is open to health committee members and people working actively in their clubs on genetic disease issues. For more information, click here.

    5) I will be providing several short articles on different open registry topics in the coming months which we will also hope to have people post or publish.

    6) We are looking for volunteers who are good writers, web designers, web programmers, fundraisers, email-group managers, very experienced breeders as mentors, publicity experts, etc. If you've got time and talent, GDC needs you!

    George Packard, GDC Information Services
    Copies of recent GDC newsletters, the "Exchange", and a few articles are also available here:

    The Genetic Pedigree: a powerful tool against canine genetic disease by George G. Packard, Oct 1, 2001
    The above article introduces the concept of the genetic pedigree. Please feel free to link to this article from your organization's website or to submit it to your breed club newsletter.
    Winter 2000
    Summer 2000
    GDC calls for widespread use of open registries
    How to Select Against Genetic Disease with Knowledge, not Hope
    Interview with Malcolm B. Willis, BSc, PhD

    IMPORTANT: Reproduction and/or redistribution available. Please email for further information.

    All articles are in PDF Format. Get the Adobe Acrobat Reader Here.

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    The DogMap Homepage is the website of an international collaboration between 46 labs from 20 different countries towards a low resolution canine marker map under the auspices of the International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG). An additional point of emphasis is the set up of an internationally accessible database to contain mapping data. Organizational details, announcements, reports and further information regarding the project is available at the site, which is hosted at the University of Berne, Switzerland.

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    Founded in 1948, by , the Morris Animal Foundation's mission is to ". . . improve the health and well-being of companion animals and wildlife by funding humane health studies and disseminating information about these studies." At the organization's website, you can read more about their organization and it's work in the Foundation Information section. The section recently featured the results of their 1997 Animal Health Survey.

    Additional site features include, Dog News, Current Studies, Pet Health, Pet Loss Hotlines and Pet Names. A Message Board area and sections for cats, horses, wildlife, etc. are also available from the main page of the site.

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    The greatly improved Orthopedic Foundation for Animals includes: the OFA Information Area; OFA Databases (view OFA results, searchable by a variety of criteria); and Downloadable Reports.

    Currently the OFA serves as a voluntary diagnostic and registry service for the following inherited conditions:
  • Hip Dysplasia - canine and feline
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Craniomandibular osteopathy
  • Copper Toxicosis - Bedlington Terriers
  • Cardiac Registry
  • Thyroid Registry
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
    - Shetland Sheepdog, Doberman Pinscher, Scottish Terriers
  • Phosphofructokinase Deficiency
    - Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy - Irish Setter
  • Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency - Basenji
  • For information related to another type of hip evaluation and registry, visit "The PennHIP method of diagnosing hip dysplasia" at Canis Major Publications' "Dog Owner's Guide. A comparison of OFA and PennHIP is also available at the site. To read an interesting Q&A compilation from the Golden Retrievers email list at GRs in Cyberspace by Helen Redlus, see "PennHIP: Questions and Answers" by Anne V. McGuire and Dr. Gail K. Smith. (NOTE: Dr. Smith developed the PennHIP® program in 1983).

    Additionally, Canine Hip Dysplasia: Are Breeders Winning the Battle?: Including Comprehensive Sections On Methods for Diagnosing and Predicting Genetic Predisposition" by Pamela A Davol is available at the Wing-N-Wave Labradors Website (as are several other excellent and informative pieces via the main menu); three articles on PennHIP are available from Woodland Veterinary Clinic; a section on "Genetic Basis of Hip Dysplasia" is available in an online version of the Bellweather; and, the OFA's position paper, "OFA position on any testing method, including PennHIP, that involved stress radiography" is online.

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    The Primer on Molecular Genetics is presented by the US Department of Energy.

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    Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine's Center for the Human-Animal Bond (formerly "The Center for Applied Ethology & Human-Animal Interaction") is "committed to expanding our knowledge of the interrelationships between people, animals, and their environment". Information made available to visitors includes items related to Research Projects, such as, Pet Overpopulation and Bloat; the University's "Pet Safe" and "CHAPS" community outreach projects; and links to additional resources. Visit the index of Departments, Centers, and Academic Programs for links to the various departments and sub-departments, academic programs, service units, and other useful resources in the Veterinary complex.

    The VMDB/CERF Homepage at Purdue University is host to information related to the Veterinary Medical Database which while, originally, beginning as a project to study cancer by the NCI, in 1964, has grown to include a compendium of all the cases that the 24 participating universities see (5.7+ million records), which makes the VMDB a valuable resource for finding incidences of thousand of animal diseases, problems and procedures. VMDB also has more than thirty possible summary breakdowns available to analyze this data. Typical summaries range from breed, age and sex to institution and year. Rates for outside institutions start at $150 per search and increase according to the complexity. There is currently no on-line access to the data base, but searches can be initiated by e-mail, FAX, phone and US mail. Additional related information is accessible via the Purdue University, School of Veterinary Medicine Homepage, VetWEB.

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    GeneSearch LLC; VetGen; and OptiGen LLC; are commercial research laboratories who provides DNA testing and profiling services to breeders with the goal of eliminating genetically transmitted disease. These organizations frequently participate in research projects and collaborate with other research entities, and each other. Visit their sites to learn more about their work, projects, available testing, and more.

    VETERINARY SITES, ASSOCIATIONS & INDEXES       More wonderful resources!
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    A great site with summarized information on a variety of canine medical topics is Cindy Tittle Moore's RPDB Canine Medical Information - Parts I & II.

    Animal Health Channel
    Animal Instincts
    American Animal Hospital Assn
    CDC's Healthy Pets Healthy People Website
    Cornell University News Service
    DVM News Online
    FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine

    KSU: Pet Health News Release Page
    Martindale's Health Science Guide
    The Royal (Dick) School
    Veterinary Associations & Institutions
    Veterinary Partners
    WWW Library: Vet Links by Type
    Web Portals: Vet Medicine Directories

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    The Animal Health Channel is a part of the network. According to their parent site introduction, each site strives to "make health care information easy to find and easy to understand". Additionally, the company indicates that "Board-certified physicians develop and monitor each of the medical specialty channels to ensure that accurate information is available to help people make informed health care choices".

    At my visit I found several sections related to health and behavior covering topics such as Canine Distemper, Emergency Care, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV), Fleas, Ticks & Mites, Gastric Dilatation & Volvulus Syndrome (GDV), Neutering, Rabies, Spaying, Worms, Canine & Feline Aggression, Introducing a new baby or pet, Separation Anxiety, and more including a Veterinarian Locator and Links section.

    For more information about the parent company and it's mission and objectives, visit HealthCommunities.Com

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    Sponsored by Ralston Purina, Animal Instincts is a nationally-distributed daily radio program about companion animals. At their website you will find an archive of past programs, including many RealAudio clips as well as scripts, links to veterinary colleges and other animal oriented groups, and more.

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    NOTE: Moved to a new server and currently undergoing a major overhaul.
    AltVetMed is provided as a public service by J A Bergeron, VMD and S G Wynn, DVM. The site features information on Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Veterinary Medicine including Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Nutritional Therapy & Other Alternative Modalities. Read the AltVetMed FAQ for an overview of the site and basic information.

    A convenient navigation bar provides access to major site sections by subject and the Table of Contents contains a complete linked listing of the site sections with brief descriptions. Those sections include, but are not limited to, Medicine Resources, AltVetMed FAQ, Announcements, Arthritis, Associations, Books, Cancer, Dental Care, Epilepsy, Flea Control, Herbs in Veterinary Medicine, Homeopathy, Other Links of Interest, Periodicals, Pet Food Advisory,Vaccination Decisions, and Veterinary Acupuncture.

    The site also features directories of Holistic Veterinarians, News, and Announcements.

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    The American Animal Hospital Association's searchable Healthy Pet website, features the Pet Care Library with categories including Preventive Care, Care Tips, Behavior, Common Health Problems, and more; a Kids' Coloring Page which can be sent in to be entered in the monthly coloring contest; the monthly newsletter, "Pet Planet"; and, FAQs such as - Is it OK for my dog to eat grass? - Why does my dog eat droppings? What can I do? - My puppy likes to bite me when we play. How can I teach him to play without biting or scratching? - Should I have my dog spayed? - Can short haired dogs handle cold temperatures? - My dogs love carrots. Is there any reason why I shouldn't give carrots to them? and more.

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    The CDC's Healthy Pets Healthy People website was launched to provide visitors with information about the health-related risks of owning and caring for animals. Although unlikely, zoonotic diseases (diseases passed by animals to humans) do occur. This website provides visitors with information by Animal or Disease and includes helpful information for the gneral public and health professionals.

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    Cornell University's News Service Releases include: 2001 Releases, 2000 archives, 1999, and 1998.

    At the university's College of Veterinary Medicine Website, public resources include: About the College; Animal Health (Canine, etc.); Petloss Hotline (in Animal Health); News & Events Calendar; and the "Showcase".

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    While primarily geared to veterinarians, the DVM News Online website has a few sections that may be of interest to pet owners including: "Small Animals"; Breaking News and the "Links for Pet Owners" pages.

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    The US FDA - Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) regulates the manufacture and distribution of drugs and feed additives intended for animals.FDA: Center for Veterinary Medicine These include animals from which human foods are derived, as well as drugs and feed additives for pet (or companion) animals. CVM is responsible for regulating drugs, devices, and feed additives given to, or used on, over one hundred million companion animals, plus millions of poultry, cattle, swine, sheep, and minor animal species. Learn more about this agency at their informative website.

    In the "What's New" section, besides current news and information, you will find a link to the current FDA Newsletter. The Site Map is helpful and an evaluation version of the FDA Approved Animal Drug List, the Green Book, published by the Drug Information Laboratory at Virginia Tech, is currently available and searchable. The Links section features numerous links by category.

    The site also hosts Veterinary Commissioned Corps website (additional information is available at the US Public Health Service Commission Corps website). This category of the U.S. Public Health Service Corps' mission is " . . . the application of veterinary science to gain a greater understanding of the causative mechanisms of illness, develop strategies to prevent disease, and implement programs to improve the general health of the public". CVM CAN NOT answer questions about specific animal or pet illnesses, or the use of any veterinary drug, feed, or other product. Doctors can not diagnose or treat by mail. Questions regarding any animal's health and/or the specific use of any veterinary drug, feed, or other product should always be referred to a veterinarian Much of the content of this, searchable, website is in PDF format. Therefore, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer, to view much of the material.

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    While they are unable to answer questions about specific pet health problems, chances are you will find something of assistance and/or interest to you, at the Kansas State University: Pet Health News Release Page. Although, most focus on dogs and/or cats, numerous articles are available covering a wide range of topics and species. This is a great place to get some of the latest information from the world of animal health professionals.

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    Martindale's Health Science Guide, features the Virtual Veterinary Center, which is a very comprehensive veterinary website list featuring the following categories, and more: Medical Dictionaries & Glossaries, On-Line Veterinary Journals, Schools - Complete Curriculum, Courses, Biosciences, Animal Diseases, Large and Small Animals, Vet Science Databases, Images, and Veterinary Resources.

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    Ken Boschert, DVM, from Washington University, has created a very comprehensive and popular, noncommercial, "linkway" to all things veterinary on the internet. At this site, the original home of
    NetVet: Veterinary Medicine Home Page, you will find links to information categorized by career, education, specialties, organizations, meetings and more. Visit "What's New" for Today's News in Veterinary Science, Today's News in Animal Research & Animal Rights, Today's News in Biotechnology Companies, This Week's "Pick of the Litter" and more. The archives are also available by month/year. Indexes of additional online resources include Publications, eMail Lists, Images and other Directories. The site is also home to the, very popular, Electronic Zoo website and the Veterinary Medicine Section of the WWW Virtual Library with a wealth links to numerous animal related web sites for all, throughout.

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    In Canine Medical Information, Part I and Part II Cindy Tittle Moore has compiled a wealth of information about canine medical conditions.

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    While Dick Vet Web, the information site for the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies [R(D)SVS] at the University of Edinburgh, features the expected student, faculty and career information, as well as public lecture information, articles and online journals, links, and more. A companion glossary is also available, however, appears to be in the very early stages of development. The site also features a comprehensive listings of Veterinary Links for the UK, Europe, and the World.

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    World Veterinary Association
    Formally founded in 1959, the World Veterinary Association is is a global nonprofit association guarding veterinary interests in the world society. Read more about the association here. The website is primarily targetted at association members and the veterinary professional.

    Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations
    Formally founded in 1990, the organization consists of 31 Full Member Associations representing 30 European countries. All countries in the European Union are now represented by their National Companion Animal Veterinary Association together with most European countries outside the Union. Additionally, many European Specialist Groups are Associate Members. Also see the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe for information about this organization that covers veterinary organizations from more than 30 European countries and the European Board for Veterinary Specialisation whose objectives are to recognize new speciality Colleges; set up and maintain a register of European veterinary specialists; assure the quality of these specialists by monitoring the Colleges; and, encourage and promote the enhanced utilization and availability of speciality services to the public and the veterinary profession.


    At my most recent visit to the American Veterinary Medical Association Network, the AVMA/State Farm Dog Bite Prevention Campaign was underway with information and downloadable materials made available to visitors. American Veterinary Medical AssociationThe site also includes a good deal of resources and information for professionals, pet owners, and other interested parties, including: Current News and Events; Pet News; JAVMA News, an online edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association; NOAH, the Network of Animal Health, (AVMA membership & NOAH password required); links; and, more. According to the site, NOAH provides "fast and convenient access to an array of veterinary medical message sections and file libraries on many important subjects including topics in clinical and specialty medicine and in many areas of practice management". The three major sections of NOAH are: Discussion Groups, Databases & the Library. To learn more read the NOAH FAQ. In the "Care for Pets" area, you will find information related to Canine Health, General Health, Illnesses & Diseases, Pet Loss, Buying a Pet, Animal Safety, How to Select a Veterinarian, Animal Welfare, Pet Health in the News, the Kid's Korner, and the Care4Pets Site Index. The site now, also, hosts Dr. Ken Boschert's famous NetVet & Electronic Zoo website. Additionally, you can read more about the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), an organization formed in 1963 by the AVMA which " . . . works to advance the health and wellness of all animal species, as part of a network of veterinary health professionals and pet owners who provide compassionate care for animals nationwide". State and Specialty American Veterinary Medical Association information is also available at the site.

    Student American Veterinary Medical Assocation

    The British Small Animal Veterinary Association, founded in 1957, exists to " . . . "foster and promote high scientific and educational standards of small animal medicine and surgery in practice, teaching and research".

    The redesigned site has three major sections: the PetZone an area for Pet Owners with useful information related to pets, veterinary careers, and more; Non-Members information about the organization, its affiliates, etc. including the BSAVA's PetSaver program that funds clinic studies; and, the Members-Only area.

    The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association's Homepage features an overview of the association, including their mission statement. Further information, related to the association's activities, includes: Animal Welfare Advocacy, Public Relatons and Animal Health Week, and the Pet Food Certification Program. Journal subscription, careers in veterinary medicine and colleges are additional topics covered.

    Yet to be previewed:

    AUSTRALIA: Australian Veterinary Association
    IRELAND: Irish Veterinary Association
    ISRAEL: Israel Veterinary Medical Association
    THAILAND: Thai Veterinary Medical Association

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    The VetInfo website is chock full of information for pet lovers. Features include "Ask Dr. Mike", a large indexed collection of Q&A articles related to health and disease; the Dog Info section, numerous articles indexed alphabetically, the Encyclopedia of Canine Veterinary Medical Information; the online topical - "About Vets"; and the "New Stuff" section which contains current medical testing and treatment product news. The site is searchable, or you can access the complete contents of the site from the site's Index. The site contents are authored by Michael Richards, DVM, who, with his wife, run a rural companion animal practice.

    You can help support the site by subscribing to the VetInfo Digest, a monthly email or U.S. mail newsletter. Subscriptions are the only source of income from the site and help defray the cost of maintaining VetInfo. To subscribe visit the VetInfo Digest section.

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    The Veterinary Partners website features include Pet Health Care Library, Behavior Information, Nutrition, First Aid and more, by species. The site is an extention of the Veterinary Information Network, Inc.

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    VetMedCenter.Com is meant to serve as a major portal to information for pet owners and veterinarians. A separate point of entry is provided for the public or professionals, with personalization options available. Features include searchable indexes by Symptom, Alpha, Medical Subjects, and Stedman's Dictionary. Major sections include Medical Resources, Wellness, Behavior, Nutrition, Living with your Pet, and First Aid.

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    WWW Virtual Library: Veterinary Links by Type (framed) or Unframed (long)

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    Web Portals: Veterinary Medicine Indices

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    Business|Industries|Agriculture and Animals|Animal Care Industry|Veterinary Science

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  • YAHOO: Science|Biology|Zoology|Animals, Insects and Pets|Veterinary Medicine

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