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Canine Hip Dysplasia

Canine Hip Dysplasia Hip dysplasia is a common joint condition of giant and large breed dogs.  A malformation of the ball and socket joint where the thigh bone articulates with the pelvis, hip dysplasia can vary in its severity and symptoms. Hip dysplasia is a progressive condition and treatment options are available at all life stages to minimize pain and optimize quality of life. Symptoms of hip ...

Paralysis: Dogs in the Woods at High Risk

Photo credit: Sara Chisnell Paralysis: Dogs in the Woods at High Risk Coonhound paralysis (a.k.a. ‘polyradiculoneuritis’) is a neurologic condition resulting in progressive paralysis.  Any dog is susceptible and those who spend time in the woods or rural areas on a regular basis are at higher risk for acquiring this disorder.  Contact with raccoon saliva through a bite or scratch is associated wit ...

Intestinal Worms: The Basics

Image Credit: Centers For Disease Control and Prevention/Wikimedia Intestinal Worms: The Basics Parasites are like pirates . . . they will commandeer your pet like pirates take over a ship.  You cannot always see parasites but that doesn’t mean they do not exist! Parasites have evolved to leech nutrition from their host while simultaneously trying to evade detection and death by the host. In ...

Keep an Eye Out for Injury

Keep an eye out for injury A keen sense of sight is a necessary attribute in sporting dogs. Eye injuries can occur during outdoor training and hunting activities, and dogs with pre-existing eye defects or deformations may be more susceptible. Certain facial anatomy in different breeds of dogs can also contribute or make some dogs more susceptible to injury. Minor eye injuries include a transient s ...

History of Boyt Harness Company

“110 years of Sporting Tradition” Boyt Harness Company, the hunting industry standard for gun cases and firearm storage and transport, traces their beginnings to a family owned regional harness shop in turn of the century Iowa. In 1885 a young Englishman named Walter Boyt set sail to America to find his calling in life.  Meeting up with his brother John in Des Moines, the pair settled into the wel ...

Summer’s Silent Killer: Canine Heat Stroke

Summer’s Silent Killer: Canine Heat Stroke Summer heat and strenuous exercise can be a deadly combination for sporting dogs, regardless of their overall health and weight status. Dogs cannot sweat other then through the foot pads, so their ability to regulate body temperature in warm environments is difficult. Normal core body temperature for a dog is between 100.5°F and 102.5°F.  Heat stroke is ...