Reduced heart rate variability in pet dogs affected by anxiety-related behaviour problems

We present here the first evidence of correlation between canine anxiety-related behavioural problems and heart rate variability (HRV). HRV is known to be related to a range of mental disorders in humans; however this has not been explored in dogs. Behavioural problems in dogs can result in suffering, property destruction and human injury. Dog behaviour problems . . . → Read More: Reduced heart rate variability in pet dogs affected by anxiety-related behaviour problems

Abstracts: Canine oral mucosal mast cell tumours

Mast cell tumours (MCTs) are the most common cutaneous tumours of dogs, however rarely they can arise from the oral mucosa. This subset of MCT is reported to demonstrate a more aggressive clinical course than those tumours on the haired skin and the authors hypothesised that dogs with oral, mucosal MCT would have a high incidence of local lymph node metastasis at presentation and that this would be a negative prognostic factor. An additional hypothesis was that mitotic index (MI) would be prognostic. Continue reading Abstracts: Canine oral mucosal mast cell tumours

New Federal Police dog facility

A new canine kennel facility for firearm and explosive detection dogs has been opened by the Australian Federal Police at Murwillumbah in the Tweed Valley of northern NSW.

The kennel facility is the first of nine federal police canine facilities to be opened near major airports across Australia.

It was built through the federally funded Project Jupiter, part of the Australian Government’s $200 million funding to strengthen security at Australian airports. The remaining eight canine kennel facilities at other locations across Australia will be completed by the end of 2013. Continue reading New Federal Police dog facility

Genetic evaluation of hip score in UK Labrador Retrievers

Hip dysplasia is an important and complex genetic disease in dogs with both genetic and environmental influences. Since the osteoarthritis that develops is irreversible the only way to improve welfare, through reducing the prevalence, is through genetic selection. This study from the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket, UK, aimed to evaluate . . . → Read More: Genetic evaluation of hip score in UK Labrador Retrievers