Must Read Articles
Rat Terrier Articles
We’ve seperated the Rat Terrier specific articles here.
Must Read Articles
These are articles that we feel every pet owner, experienced & new, should read. These are non-breed specific articles so good for anyone to brush up on. Some good information here from genetic problems to vaccination research. I’ll be continually adding to the list as I run across more updated and interesting artcles.
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Rabies Vaccination WARNING
Most people think of vaccines as safe and protective, but vaccination is a serious medical procedure with significant risks. The rabies vaccine, in particular, is notorious when it comes to adverse reactions.
Reputable Breeder vs the Backyard Breeder
and other tips for finding the right person to get your new family member from. This table refers to boxers but it is good for any breed (minus the removal of tails for some).
Reputable Registry — Why it Matters
(based on the American Kennel Club, we also support United Kennel Club) The AKC is the oldest and most prestigious kennel club available in the United States of America. I’m going to explain how any registry in the United States, other than the AKC...
Schultz: Dog vaccines may not be necessary
Schultz was a professor and chair of pathobiological sciences at School of Veterinary Medicine when this was published in March 2003 and the article references him and his study. This article talks of annual vaccines may not be necessary.
Top 5 Most Dangerous Dogs
Undoubtedly it’s going to be controversial. Without fear of chicken counting, it will receive a lot of traffic. And without any element of doubt, it might cause ripples but it needs to be out there, for the public to know.
Vaccination & Auto-antibodies
A team at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine conducted several studies to determine if vaccines can cause changes in the immune system of dogs that might lead to life-threatening immune-mediated diseases.
Worth A Read
These are some articles we felt would be worth a read.
Black Hole Formula – XY Factor
“ Black holes ” (for the lack of a better term) are positions in a pedigree that for genetic inheritance reasons, tend to have little or NO effect on the offspring. These “ black holes ” are different on a male’s pedigree versus a female’s pedigree, because there is more genetic material (information) on a X chromosome versus a Y chromosome. This is called the X Factor, the racehorse community conducted a study about why famous stallions (namely Secretariat) couldn’t reproduce a son that was equally as talented as his father. What they found was that Secretariat’s daughters got a gene that they could pass on to their sons (Secretariat’s grandsons) and those grandsons in turn could pass that on to their daughters. It was a sex-linked gene, Secretariat did not pass on his “maternal” information to his sons on the Y chromosome. He was only able to pass this genetic information to his daughters on the X chromosome.
Canine Lens Luxation Basics
By Elizabath A. Giuliano, DVM, MS
The lens of the eye normally lies immediately behind the iris and the pupil, and is suspended in place by a series of fibers, called zonular ligaments. It functions to focus light rays on the retina, in the back of the eye. When partial or complete breakdown of the zonular ligaments occurs, the lens may become partially dislocated (Lens Subluxation) or fully dislocated (Lens Luxation) from the lens’ normal position. Movement of the lens forward through the pupil into the Anterior Chamber of the eye is termed Anterior Lens Luxation. Movement of the lens backwards into the Vitreous Chamber of the eye is termed Posterior Lens Luxation.
Kennel Blindness – A Closer Look
By Claudia Waller Orlandi, Ph.D.
A dog breeder’s knowledgeable use of genetic principles is of paramount importance to the success of a breeding program. But an all-too-common phenomenon known as kennel blindness can stop some breeding programs dead in their tracks. Most works on dog breeding devote relatively little space to the concept of kennel blindness, although the seriousness of this “breeder defect” and the lasting harm it can have on breeding success merit a closer look...
What is the meaning of “Motherlines?” The idea is too often confused by breeders with “motherside” or the bottom side of a pedigree … but Motherlines is the whole of the bloodlines of all the mothers, including the father’s mother and the other mothers on the father’s side of the pedigree – but always the mothers …