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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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Penguin receives MRI at U of M Veterinary Medical Center

Fluffy was having trouble balancing, standing and waddling around when he arrived to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center in late July.

The male penguin’s radiograph and blood work from his visit to The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota hadn’t turned up the cause for his illness, so his U of M veterinarian Micky Trent, D.V.M., M.V.S.c., Diplomate A.C.V.S., C.V.S.M.T., was ordering the next step in diagnostic testing:

Fluffy the penguin was about to receive a magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI).

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expert-perspectives

Healthy pets: preventing obesity and the complications that come with it

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than 55 percent of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese.

In light of that number and today’s observance of National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, Health Talk spoke with Julie Churchill, D.V.M., Ph.D., an associate clinical professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, to discuss strategies pet owners can use to keep their animals healthy.

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Sea turtle receives care at U of M Veterinary Medical Center

The University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center welcomed a unique patient this past week.

Oyster, an 84-pound sea turtle, has spent 16 years in the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium at the Mall of America. Now, after experiencing increasing difficulties with her abnormal front left flipper, she received a computerized tomography (CT) scan…

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5 tips for traveling with your pet this summer

Whether flying out of town or setting out on road trip with your pet this summer, it’s important to travel safely.

Kelly Tart, D.V.M., veterinary emergency medicine specialist and assistant clinical professor in the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, spoke to Health Talk about five simple tips that will help make a stressful travel experience safer and more enjoyable.

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U of M researcher aims to improve golden retriever cancer diagnostics, treatment as part of new $1 million grant

Jaime Modiano, V.M.D., Ph.D., a canine cancer researcher from the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, is one of a trio of researchers receiving a new $1.1 million grant from the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation and the Golden Retriever Foundation to investigate improved cancer diagnostics and treatments for golden retrievers and, by extension, humans.

Modiano, a professor in the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and director of the university’s Animal Cancer Care and Research program, will join collaborators Matthew Breen, Ph.D., of North Carolina State University, and Kerstin Lindblad-Toh, Ph.D., of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, in refining the current understanding of why golden retrievers are more susceptible to two hemangiosarcoma and lymphoma cancers than other dog breeds.

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