Facts about HNPK in Dogs

According to the AKC, 2018 marked the 27th year in a row that Labrador Retrievers were the most popular dog breed in the United States. And why not? Whether you prefer yellow, chocolate, or black, Labs make amazing family playmates, hunting companions, service dogs, and best buddies. In addition to all their positive and loving…

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Facts about EIC in Dogs

Most dogs love to be on the move—and for hunting breeds like Labrador Retrievers, being able to run and do their jobs is just about what they love most. Unfortunately, breeders and hunting enthusiasts have observed for years that exercise intolerance and even collapse often appeared in hunting and field-trial dogs, although the root cause…

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What You Need to Know about PRA-prcd in Dogs

As it is with humans, a dog’s eyes are his window to the world. A decrease in or loss of vision altogether is debilitating and can greatly diminish a dog’s quality of life. A common genetic reason for blindness in dogs is a condition called Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), also known as progressive rod and…

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3 Best Tips for Leaving Your Dog Home Alone

Dogs are pack animals that crave human companionship—much more so than do cats. Writing in Psychology Today, psychologist Dr. Stanley Coren states, “We now have data that suggests that we have selectively bred the domestic dog so that it is strongly biased to love humans (or at least one human) more strongly than it loves…

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What Breed is my Dog? You May Have It All Wrong.

  Was it love at first sight when you and your shelter pooch laid eyes on each other? According to the ASPCA, 3.3 million dogs end up in U.S. animal rescue/control facilities every year, and 1.6 million get adopted. No doubt you’ve asked, “what breed is my dog?” According to a new DNA study published…

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What is the Best Dog DNA Test?

“What is the best dog DNA test?” With the rapidly-rising popularity of DNA testing, this is a question many pet owners want to know. You definitely don’t want to bark up the wrong tree on this one, so this blog is designed to be a comprehensive resource for you to help in determining the best…

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Thank You for 15 Years of Dog DNA Testing

This summer, DDC Veterinary is celebrating our fifteenth anniversary doing dog DNA testing and providing testing services for other types of animals too. And in doing so, we want to celebrate you—our customers—without whom this would not be possible. In March of 2003, our parent company DDC (DNA Diagnostics Center) formed a team to research…

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Dog Heat Stroke 101: Safe Fun in the Sun

That dreary, rainy spring is finally done. The sun is shining, and the sky is blue. Let’s take the dog for a run! Sadly, many pet owners have  learned the hard way about the dangers of summer heat over the years. It can be deadly, and one of the most common results of prolonged exposure…

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