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No health problems in search and rescue dogs from September 11,2001
This is the result of an ongoing study of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine: They evaluated the incidence of cancer and respiratory diseases of 97 search and rescue dogs that worked at sites September 11, 2001.

The test results of 97 search and rescue dogs were compared to a control group of dogs that did not. The tests showed higher levels of certain toxins and the immune systems were working harder in search dogs than the control groups earlier in the study.

As time progressed, the levels decreased.

The dogs will continue to be monitored, but researchers from the university are saying it is good news for human and dog rescue workers that there is no clear evidence of adverse effects.

Overall the lack of clear adverse medical or behavioral effects among the 9-11 dogs is heartening, says Dr. Cynthia Otto, associate professor of critical care in Pennsylvania´s School of Veterinary Medicine.

Source: DVM Newsmagazine Oct 6, 2004; www.dvmnewsmagazine.com/dvm/



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Reference intervals for blood parameters in Shetland Sheepdogsmembers
Several breeds have physiological peculiarities that induce variations in reference intervals (RIs) compared with the general canine population. Shetland sheepdogs (SSs) are reported to be more predisposed to different diseases (eg, hyperlipidemia, gallbladder mucocele, and hypothyroidism). Consequently, a breed‐specific approach is more often required. Thus, the aim of this study was to determine whether the RIs of the general canine population could be applied to that of SSs, and to generate breed‐specific RIs, where appropriate.

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