Blood Test For Cancer Detection In Dogs

You may now be able to diagnose cancer in a dog with a simple blood test.

BioCurex has announced the availability of the OncoPet RECAF test, which has detected 85 percent of a variety of cancers in dogs at the standard 95 percent specificity level in premarket studies.

The test detects whether RECAF, a universal marker for malignant cell growth in animals and people, is present in the blood. RECAF’s expression is related to rapid cell growth, which is characteristic of cancer and fetal development. The same blood test is used in people.

The tests will be available through OncoPet Diagnostics Inc., a subsidiary of BioCurex. Depending on the location of your practice, you can send the samples to the OncoPet testing facility directly or to a regional collection center.

OncoPet is in discussions with North American and Canadian distributors, and the test will be available in China as well. BioCurex hopes to have similar tests for other companion animals — cats in particular — in the second half of this year.

For more information, visit OncoPet Diagnostics’s Web site.

FDA Pet Food Recall Database

The FDA has launched a pet food recall database, with recalls dating back to January 1, 2006. The page says the database will be updated as new recalls happen.

Keep in mind though, that history has shown the FDA isn’t always as fast as we’d like when it comes to announcing recalls. And, as we’ve also learned, some pet food companies try their darnedest to cover up issues with their pet food even when pets are having problems. So, although the FDA database is a good thing, it’s wise not to rely only on this database to be the one source for recall news and/or pet food problems.

Here’s the FDA Pet Food Recall Products List. The FDA also has a recall and alert list for human foods.

When you go to the pet food recall list, you’ll also see a link to recall notices for products such as pigs ears, hooves, and veterinary products such as the medications that were recalled recently.

Shopping for a Dog Bed

Shopping for your favorite four legged family member this season can be easy. Gifts for dogs are numerous and of every color, shape and size. There are toys and treats, leashes, collars, apparel and bedding. The options are numerous.

If you are shopping for a dog bed, there are many options available in that department. You first need to decide what type to purchase for you dog. Bedding collections are numerous and there are different purposes for them also.

Some dog beds are utilized for specialized reasons such as orthopedic or extra support. Some can be waterproof, medical grade or sturdy enough for being outside. Figure out what purpose and where this dog bed will be situated.

For just as many types of dog beds, there are just as many fillings for them. One needs to think about what they would like their dog to lay on. Some of these are filled with a polyester filling and appear like a comfortable pillow. Others have cedar inside for odor control and some even sport insect repellent characteristics. A foam dog bed is one that can help the dog with arthritis. It is an orthopedic bed. The foam can be regular foam or top of the line memory foam.

Once the type of bed and filling is decided, the next decision is what size to get your dog. There are some easy tips to figure out the best size bed for the job. First, measure your dog while he/she is lying down. Measure the length of the dog from nose or front legs to the rump or rear legs. Now add nine to twelve inches to that number. The resulting number will help you decide which bed will comfortably fit your dog.

Weight counts in dog beds. Estimate the dog’s weight. It is better to overestimate than underestimate. A small dog will fit fine on any size bed but a large dog will not fit nicely on too small of a bed. If you have a very large breed of dog such as a Great Pyrenees for example, then opt for the extra large dog bed.

Buying a dog bed is an investment and one should consider. Do not forget that cheap is not always best. Shop around as prices will vary. The internet makes it a lot easier to be able to compare prices and get the best deal. Remember why you are looking for the bed. Is there a medical purpose? Does the dog require any extra support? Do your homework and that will help make the decision clear and help you find the bed that will do the right job for your dog.

Your Dog’s Health

The health of every dog depends on three major factors: food, physical activities and sound sleep. Let’s start with speaking about healthy food for dogs.

Problems with feeding are widely varied. There are diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, urogenital system, cardiovascular diseases, musculoskeletal system and the so-called “illnesses of civilization”, infections connected with weakening of immunity, endocrine abnormalities, emotional discomfort and many other illnesses.

Quality Food is the basis on which the health of your dog depends.

State of health depends on functions of organs and systems, which in their turn depend on correctness of biochemical and biophysical processes in cells. Proteins, fats, carbohydrates, macrocells and trace elements, vitamins, enzymes, and hormones are necessary for normal construction and functioning of cells and tissues of an animal. Only a complete set of necessary components and the optimum percentage can become a guarantee of normal functioning of an organism. During the evolution process, organism of an animal learned to produce some necessary nutrients itself, but some part should be received with food. Creating a diet, especially for hunting dogs, we should take it into account.

We also have issues with water quality to consider. Water it not only a source of life, but also a source of chemical waste. In water the salts of heavy metals, bacteria, and toxic substances are also found.

Pets are not just beings that live with us, pet are a lot more important. And you are really responsible for them. Those of you who have dogs, should know about dog health.

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Akita

The large, noble Akita is a courageous companion and protector with a powerful presence. In many ways, the Akita has two faces: To outsiders, the breed may seem aloof or standoffish. However, to his family, the Akita is affectionate and loyal. This is a dog that requires respectful treatment from those around him. In turn, he will treat others with respect. He is clean and relatively odor-free, sometimes even grooming himself.

No, the Akita is not a feline, but he does seem to have the spirit of a lion. On the flip side, many Akita owners say the breed has a silly side that he shares only with those in his inner circle. One thing is for certain: the Akita is a natural guardian that will protect his loved ones no matter what. Could this breed be right for your household?

Group:

Working

History:

The Akita is a native of Japan and was named for its city of origin. The breed was developed as a watchdog and all-purpose hunter in the mountains of northern Japan, where it can be traced back several hundred years or more. Traditionally, the Akita represents health and good luck to the Japanese people.It is believed that the first Akita in the US was brought over by the famous Helen Keller, who grew fond of the breed while traveling in Japan. After World War II, when Akitas were brought to the US by servicemen, popularity of the breed began to grow. The Akita was officially recognized by the AKC in 1972.

Size:

75-120 pounds

Color:

Akitas are seen in many colors. Commonly seen colors include brindle and pinto (each with white markings).

Health Problems:

Responsible breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to inherit health conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. The following are some conditions to be aware of:

About the Breed:

The Akita is a noble, loyal and courageous dog of somewhat large size. In general, the Akita is quiet, deliberate and strong-willed, though the breed will bark when he thinks it necessary. Overall, the Akita makes an excellent protector of the home as well as a valued companion.

The Akita has a stiff, straight outer coat with a soft, thick undercoat. The breed sheds at a relatively high rate and will shed excessively about twice a year. Basic routine grooming is all that this breed tends to need for maintenance. Weekly brushing will keep the coat healthy and decrease shedding, and brushing should be done more frequently during peak shedding seasons.

Akitas are very smart dogs, but are also known to be willful and stubborn. This makes training a challenge but also a necessity. In addition, early socialization is key. The Akita has a strong prey drive, is often hesitant around strangers, and may not always get along with other dogs. Proper obedience training and socialization can help you keep your Akita under control and allow the better personality traits to shine through. If necessary, a dog training collar may help you train your Akita In addition, this breed has a relatively high energy level and should get plenty of exercise – at least a daily walk or two.

The Akita can thrive in the right household, showing affection and great loyalty to its family. However, this my not be the ideal breed for the first-time dog owner. The breed may get along well with children if carefully socialized, and it will grow quite protective of them. If you decide the Akita is the right breed for you, you will have a loyal and steadfast companion for life.