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New Year’s Resolutions for Pets

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New year, new you, as the saying goes. As resolutions are being set, pets (and their people) can also take steps toward a healthy 2020. Below, clinicians from a variety of service areas within UW …

Good News for Dogs with Cancer

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New treatment techniques and diagnostic tools have likewise been created. Technology for targeted radiation that avoids damaging tissue near a tumor was developed on pet dogs with sinus tumors at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Now the next generation of that therapy, Radixact, works on a wider range of tumors, even ones that move, such as in lung cancer, says David Vail, a professor of veterinary oncology who designs comparative clinical trials at the university.

Caring for a Dog with Cancer

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As the parent of four dogs over the age of 10 years old, veterinarian MacKenzie Pellin knew that her future could include caring for a dog with cancer and was alarmed by any observable limp, lump or bump. Her paranoia was justified. Gatsby, her smallest dog, “wasn’t the brightest, but he was always happy.” The spunky schnoodle (Schnauzer-Poodle mix) would often challenge bigger dogs and leap off huge embankments with no fear. But then he stopped eating, started losing weight and eventually was diagnosed with intestinal lymphoma.

Why Dogs Now Play a Big Role in Human Cancer Research

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The Vaccination Against Canine Cancer Study is currently enrolling dogs between 6 and 10 years of age who weigh at least 12 pounds and do not have a history of cancer or autoimmune disease. To enroll your dog, you must live within 150 miles of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, or the University of California Davis.