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Is the biggest threat to wild cats … dogs? The research is in.

Big cat populations including the Amur tiger and Amur leopard are in jeopardy of extinction. Fewer than 550 Amur tigers and leopards remain in the wilderness of China and the Russian Far East today. Alongside threats posed by changing climates and human pressures, is another threat to cats that may sound familiar: dogs.

That’s right. A virus carried by the domestic dog may be one of the biggest threats to endangered wild felids like the Amur tiger.

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For dogs, sole gene doesn’t equate to cancer

If you’re a dog lover, we have some good news. It turns out that a better understanding of the mechanisms behind aging and cancer could reduce the number of canines over the age of 10 that die from cancer each year. A better understanding of those same mechanisms may even yield big news for humans down the road.

Recently, University of Minnesota researchers made a surprising discovery about one gene implicated in canine aging. Their finding centered around a gene known as “TERT.”

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Kidney stone insight in dogs could boost relief for humans, too

Chances are, you know someone who’s had a kidney stone. The rock-like masses of calcium oxalate can be painful – and worse, can come back time and time again. As many as one in 10 people will develop a kidney stone during their lifetime.

Today, scientists know the biggest risk factor for kidney stones is genetics. However, just which genes passed from parent to child can claim responsibility for yielding the stones down the road isn’t yet known.

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A global research network yields big results for dogs with kidney disease

A diagnosis of a rare kidney disease known as glomerular disease in canines used to spell uncertain and often heartbreaking news for pet owners.

Now, thanks in part to the work of one University of Minnesota researcher, that’s no longer the case. The life-threatening kidney disease, which affects a dog’s ability to filter blood, is now better understood than ever before.

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Collaborative research opens door for improved osteosarcoma treatment

About thirteen years ago, Jamie Modiano, V.M.D, Ph.D., from the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine, began a collaborative research process with members of the Broad Institute, Ohio State University, and North Carolina State University. The goal of the group: to understand more about Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) and how it is similar between canines and humans.

Osteosarcoma is a rare disease in humans most commonly found in children. The condition is far more common in dogs, however. According to Modiano, there are about 10,000 bone cancer cases in dogs annually compared to less than 1,000 in humans.

“While the disease impacts more dogs than humans, the clinical behavior of the disease is very similar,” Modiano said.

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U of M vet says pets can be spooked too

Believe it or not, a convincing Halloween costume can frighten and even provoke pets, especially dogs.

Margaret Duxbury, D.V.M., an animal behavior specialist and clinical professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, appeared on KSTP-TV to discuss how false appearances affect pet behavior…

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