Benchmarks is the SCWTCA quarterly magazine. This is an online index and archive to all health-related articles published 1996-2004. The authors range from veterinary researchers to veterinary medicine practitioners to experienced Wheaten owners. Issue and page numbers are provided for those that own old issues. If you would like a back copy of Benchmarks in order to read an article, visit Publications for information on ordering is here.

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HEALTH ARTICLE TOPICS

Health Articles: Benchmarks 1996-2004
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Addison's disease

  • Carraway, Jana. Since You Weren't There…: Excerpt from the Presentations
    BM 31.3 (September 2003): 16-24
    Excerpts from the presentations at the SCWT Health Conference held at Keystone Resort, Colorado, in July 2003. Included are Dr. Wendy Beers' presentation on the anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract; highlights of Dr. Meryl Littman's presentation on PLN/PLE, RD and Addison's disease; Dr. Paula Henthorn's Genetics Primer; Dr. Shelly Vaden's summary of her work with the Wheaten/Beagle colony, fecal API testing, and MA testing; and Anna Marzolino's presentation on record keeping. Keystone Health Conference, Gastrointestinal tract, PLE, PLN, Renal dysplasia (RD), Kidney disease, Addison's disease, Genetics, Fecal API test, MA test, HealthTracker
  • Larson, Helen. Addison's Disease or Hypoadrenocorticism
    BM 28.4 (December 2000): 46-53
    An explanation of Addison's disease, its occurrence in Wheatens, guidelines for screening and for management of affected dogs. Addison's disease, Hypoadrenocorticism.
  • Veterinary Practice News. Addison's Missed Too Often, Survey Says
    BM 31.4 (December 2003): 60
    A summary of a survey conducted for Novartis Animal Health of owners whose dogs have hypoadrenocorticism and how long it took for the disease to be diagnosed. Addison's Disease, Hypoadrenocorticism

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Allergy (food)

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Auto-immune hemolytic anemia (AIHA)

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Behavior problems

  • Dodd, W. Jean. Relationship Between Canine Thyroid Dysfunction and Aberrant Behavior
    BM 30.3 (September 2002): 60-66
    A summary of a study of 1500+ dogs with undesirable behaviors in which a significant relationship was found between thyroid dysfunction and such behaviors and/or seizures. Dr. Dodds emphasizes the importance of thyroid testing for dogs with behavior problems and notes that treatment provided marked improvement. Thyroid, Behavior problems

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Bibliographies

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Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF)

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Canine genome

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Canine Health Information Center (CHIC)

  • Carraway, Jana. SCWT Health Forum
    BM 31.3 (December 2003): 28-32
    A summary of the SCWTCA Health Forum held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in October, 2003. Emphasis is placed on the presentations of Dr. Urs Giger concerning genetics and of Dr. David Williams about gastrointestinal function and testing. Genetics, Gastrointestinal tract, SCWTCA Health Forum, CHIC
  • Vogels, Cindy. AKC Canine Health Foundation Parent Club Conference
    BM 31.4 (December 2003): 46-49
    A summary of the 2003 AKC/ CHF Conference, including information about CHIC, different types of genetic tests, popular sire syndrome, vaccination recommendations, canine cancer research, diet, alternative forms of veterinary medicine, and other topics of interest to fanciers. CHIC, CHF
  • Vogels, Cindy. Canine Health Information Center - CHIC
    BM 32.2 (June 2004): 52-53
    A description of the Canine Health Information Center, its goals and programs. CHIC

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Dew Claws

  • Beers, Wendy, Sheryl Beitch, and Janet Petros. A Step in a New Direction
    BM 24.2 (September 1996): 34, 36
    An explanation of a protocol used to collect and store puppy tails and dewclaws to provide a source of DNA material. DNA, Dew claws, Puppy tails
  • Littman, Meryl P. Another Step Closer
    BM 30.4 (December 202): 22
    A reference to an article published in 1996 about saving puppy tails and dewclaws for future DNA testing. Dr. Littman reiterates the importance of that article and reminds breeders to document the health of puppies with stored DNA material throughout their lives. She also comments on the use of cheek swabs for obtaining DNA material. Includes reprint of 1996 article. DNA, Dew claws, Puppy tails

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Diet

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DNA

  • Beers, Wendy, Sheryl Beitch, and Janet Petros. A Step in a New Direction
    BM 24.2 (September 1996): 34, 36
    An explanation of a protocol used to collect and store puppy tails and dewclaws to provide a source of DNA material. DNA, Dew claws, Puppy tails
  • Littman, Meryl. Canine Health Online - Q & A
    BM 31.1 (March 2003): 80-96
    The transcript of a question and answer session with Dr. Littman from the AKCCHF Online program. She addresses questions about Fecal API tests, kidney infection, diet, hindquarter weakness in PLN-affected dogs, Heska ERD tests, and the status of her DNA research project for Wheaten Terriers. Fecal API test, PLN, ERD test, Laboratory Tests, Nutrition, DNA, Kidney disease
  • Littman, Meryl P. Another Step Closer
    BM 30.4 (December 202): 22
    A reference to an article published in 1996 about saving puppy tails and dewclaws for future DNA testing. Dr. Littman reiterates the importance of that article and reminds breeders to document the health of puppies with stored DNA material throughout their lives. She also comments on the use of cheek swabs for obtaining DNA material. Includes reprint of 1996 article. DNA, Dew claws, Puppy tails
  • O'Sullivan, Neil. Guidelines for Usage of the VetGen DNA Marker
    BM 27.2 (September 1999): 10-14
    A detailed explanation of the VetGen DNA-based marker test for renal dysplasia and recommendations for its use. DNA, VetGen, Renal dysplasia, Genetics
  • Smith, Bruce F. Letter. More on the VetGen Marker Test
    BM 27.3 (December 1999): 1-2
    The author, a V.M.D. and Ph.D. in molecular medicine and pathobiology at Auburn University, offers his opinions about the errors in the VetGen marker test for renal dysplasia. DNA, VetGen, Renal dysplasia
  • Today's Breeder. DNA Analysis Intrigues Breeders
    BM 25.2 (September 1997) : 22, 24-28
    An overview of how DNA is used for identification and to ascertain parentage, along with a brief explanation of genetic testing for disease. DNA, Genetics

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ERD test

  • Littman, Meryl. Canine Health Online – Q & A
    BM 31.1 (March 2003) : 80-96
    The transcript of a question and answer session with Dr. Littman from the AKCCHF Online program. She addresses questions about Fecal API tests, kidney infection, diet, hindquarter weakness in PLN-affected dogs, Heska ERD tests, and the status of her DNA research project for Wheaten Terriers. Fecal API test, PLN, ERD test, Laboratory Tests, Nutrition, DNA, Kidney disease

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Eye Disorders

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Fecal API (FAPI) test

  • Carlson, Carol. Frequently Asked Questions about Fecal API & Urine MA Tests
    BM 30.4 (December 2002) : 49-54
    Questions posed to Dr. Shelly Vaden, along with her answers, about the use of fecal API and urine microalbuminuria tests. Fecal API test, MA test, Laboratory tests
  • Carraway, Jana. Since You Weren't There…: Excerpt from the Presentations
    BM 31.3 (September 2003) : 16-24
    Excerpts from the presentations at the SCWT Health Conference held at Keystone Resort, Colorado, in July 2003. Included are Dr. Wendy Beers' presentation on the anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract; highlights of Dr. Meryl Littman's presentation on PLN/PLE, RD and Addison's disease; Dr. Paula Henthorn's Genetics Primer; Dr. Shelly Vaden's summary of her work with the Wheaten/Beagle colony, fecal API testing, and MA testing; and Anna Marzolino's presentation on record keeping. Keystone Health Conference, Gastrointestinal tract, PLE, PLN, Renal dysplasia (RD), Kidney disease, Addison's disease, Genetics, Fecal API test, MA test, HealthTracker
  • Littman, Meryl. Canine Health Online – Q & A
    BM 31.1 (March 2003) : 80-96
    The transcript of a question and answer session with Dr. Littman from the AKCCHF Online program. She addresses questions about Fecal API tests, kidney infection, diet, hindquarter weakness in PLN-affected dogs, Heska ERD tests, and the status of her DNA research project for Wheaten Terriers. Fecal API test, PLN, ERD test, Laboratory Tests, Nutrition, DNA, Kidney disease
  • Trogdon, Maureen. New Test for Dogs with PLE
    BM 25.4 (March 1998) : 32
    A description of the fecal API test. Fecal API test

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Gastrointestinal tract

  • Carraway, Jana. Since You Weren't There…: Excerpt from the Presentations
    BM 31.3 (September 2003) : 16-24
    Excerpts from the presentations at the SCWT Health Conference held at Keystone Resort, Colorado, in July 2003. Included are Dr. Wendy Beers' presentation on the anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract; highlights of Dr. Meryl Littman's presentation on PLN/PLE, RD and Addison's disease; Dr. Paula Henthorn's Genetics Primer; Dr. Shelly Vaden's summary of her work with the Wheaten/Beagle colony, fecal API testing, and MA testing; and Anna Marzolino's presentation on record keeping. Keystone Health Conference, Gastrointestinal tract, PLE, PLN, Renal dysplasia (RD), Kidney disease, Addison's disease, Genetics, Fecal API test, MA test, HealthTracker
  • Carraway, Jana. SCWT Health Forum
    BM 31.4 (December 2003) : 28-32
    A summary of the SCWTCA Health Forum held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in October, 2003. Emphasis is placed on the presentations of Dr. Urs Giger concerning genetics and of Dr. David Williams about gastrointestinal function and testing. There is also information about the Canine Health Information Center. Genetics, Gastrointestinal tract, SCWTCA Health Forum, CHIC

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Genetic disease

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Genetics

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Geriatric dogs

  • Ford, Merrillee. Senior Health Evaluation
    BM 31.2 (June 2003) : 16-17
    An explanation of the importance of evaluating and monitoring the health of older dogs. Included are the types of appropriate veterinary procedures and a list of symptoms for which the owner should be alert. Geriatric dogs, Senior dogs, Older dogs

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Health Issues

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Health-related websites

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HealthTracker

  • Carraway, Jana. Since You Weren't There…: Excerpt from the Presentations
    BM 31.3 (September 2003) : 16-24
    Excerpts from the presentations at the SCWT Health Conference held at Keystone Resort, Colorado, in July 2003. Included are Dr. Wendy Beers' presentation on the anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract; highlights of Dr. Meryl Littman's presentation on PLN/PLE, RD and Addison's disease; Dr. Paula Henthorn's Genetics Primer; Dr. Shelly Vaden's summary of her work with the Wheaten/Beagle colony, fecal API testing, and MA testing; and Anna Marzolino's presentation on record keeping. Keystone Health Conference, Gastrointestinal tract, PLE, PLN, Renal dysplasia (RD), Kidney disease, Addison's disease, Genetics, Fecal API test, MA test, HealthTracker

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Hermaphroditism

  • Cornell Survey on XXSR
    BM 22.5 (September 1997) : 36-37

    An explanation of hermaphroditism (XX sex reversal), which appears in Wheatens, and of the study of XXSR being undertaken at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Hermaphroditism

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Hip dysplasia (HD)

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Home remedies

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Human medicine

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Hypoadrenocorticism

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Immune-mediated disease

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Informative Family Study

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Keystone Health Conference

  • Carraway, Jana. Since You Weren't There…: Excerpt from the Presentations
    BM 31.3 (September 2003) : 16-24
    Excerpts from the presentations at the SCWT Health Conference held at Keystone Resort, Colorado, in July 2003. Included are Dr. Wendy Beers' presentation on the anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract; highlights of Dr. Meryl Littman's presentation on PLN/PLE, RD and Addison's disease; Dr. Paula Henthorn's Genetics Primer; Dr. Shelly Vaden's summary of her work with the Wheaten/Beagle colony, fecal API testing, and MA testing; and Anna Marzolino's presentation on record keeping. Keystone Health Conference, Gastrointestinal tract, PLE, PLN, Renal dysplasia (RD), Kidney disease, Addison's disease, Genetics, Fecal API test, MA test, HealthTracker

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Kidney disease

  • Carraway, Jana. Since You Weren't There…: Excerpt from the Presentations
    BM 31.3 (September 2003) : 16-24
    Excerpts from the presentations at the SCWT Health Conference held at Keystone Resort, Colorado, in July 2003. Included are Dr. Wendy Beers' presentation on the anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract; highlights of Dr. Meryl Littman's presentation on PLN/PLE, RD and Addison's disease; Dr. Paula Henthorn's Genetics Primer; Dr. Shelly Vaden's summary of her work with the Wheaten/Beagle colony, fecal API testing, and MA testing; and Anna Marzolino's presentation on record keeping. Keystone Health Conference, Gastrointestinal tract, PLE, PLN, Renal dysplasia (RD), Kidney disease, Addison's disease, Genetics, Fecal API test, MA test, HealthTracker
  • Littman, Meryl. Canine Health Online - Q & A
    BM 31.1 (March 2003) : 80-96
    The transcript of a question and answer session with Dr. Littman from the AKCCHF Online program. She addresses questions about Fecal API tests, kidney infection, diet, hindquarter weakness in PLN-affected dogs, Heska ERD tests, and the status of her DNA research project for Wheaten Terriers. Fecal API test, PLN, ERD test, Laboratory Tests, Nutrition, DNA, Kidney disease
  • Lulich, Jody P., Carl A. Osborne, Cynthia Stovkis, and Kathy Eichman. Six Years of Screening Wheaten Terriers for Renal Disease
    BM 27.1 (June 1999) : 45-47
    Description and results of a study performed at the University of Minnesota from 1992- 1998 evaluating the renal health of 342 Wheaten Terriers. Kidney disease, PLN

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Lab Test Values

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Laboratory Tests

  • Beers, Wendy. Interpreting Laboratory Test Results
    BM 26.2 (September 1998):12-14
    A brief discussion of the laboratory values most significant in testing Wheaten Terriers. Laboratory tests, Lab values
  • Carlson, Carol. Frequently Asked Questions about Fecal API & Urine MA Tests
    BM 30.4 (December 2002) : 49-54
    Questions posed to Dr. Shelly Vaden, along with her answers, about the use of fecal API and urine microalbuminuria tests. Fecal API test, MA test, Laboratory tests
  • Littman, Meryl. Canine Health Online – Q & A
    BM 31.1 (March 2003) : 80-96
    The transcript of a question and answer session with Dr. Littman from the AKCCHF Online program. She addresses questions about Fecal API tests, kidney infection, diet, hindquarter weakness in PLN-affected dogs, Heska ERD tests, and the status of her DNA research project for Wheaten Terriers. Fecal API test, PLN, ERD test, Laboratory Tests, Nutrition, DNA, Kidney disease

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Leptospriosis

  • Leptospirosis on the Increase
    BM 25.4 (March 1998) : 42
    A description of leptospirosis, its transmission, and the need for owners to be alert for symptoms. Leptospriosis

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Microalbuminuria (MA) test

  • Carlson, Carol. Frequently Asked Questions about Fecal API & Urine MA Tests
    BM 30.4 (December 2002) : 49-54
    Questions posed to Dr. Shelly Vaden, along with her answers, about the use offecal API and urine microalbuminuria tests. Fecal API test, MA test, Laboratory tests
  • Carraway, Jana. Since You Weren't There…: Excerpt from the Presentations
    BM 31.3 (September 2003) : 16-24
    Excerpts from the presentations at the SCWT Health Conference held at Keystone Resort, Colorado, in July 2003.

    Included are Dr. Wendy Beers' presentation on the anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract; highlights of Dr. Meryl Littman's presentation on PLN/PLE, RD and Addison's disease; Dr. Paula Henthorn's Genetics Primer; Dr. Shelly Vaden's summary of her work with the Wheaten/Beagle colony, fecal API testing, and MA testing; and Anna Marzolino's presentation on record keeping. Keystone Health Conference, Gastrointestinal tract, PLE, PLN, Renal dysplasia (RD), Kidney disease, Addison's disease, Genetics, Fecal API test, MA test, HealthTracker

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Nutrition

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Older dogs

  • Ford, Merrillee. Senior Health Evaluation
    BM 31.2 (June 2003) : 16-17
    An explanation of the importance of evaluating and monitoring the health of older dogs. Included are the types of appropriate veterinary procedures and a list of symptoms for which the owner should be alert. Geriatric dogs, Senior dogs, Older dogs

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Open Registry (OR)

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Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)

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PennHip

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Protein-Losing Enteropathy (PLE)

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Protein-Losing Nephropathy (PLN)

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Puppy Tails

  • Beers, Wendy, Sheryl Beitch, and Janet Petros. A Step in a New Direction
    BM 24.2 (September 1996) : 34,36
    An explanation of a protocol used to collect and store puppy tails and dewclaws to provide a source of DNA material. DNA, Dew claws, Puppy tails
  • Littman, Meryl P. Another Step Closer
    BM 30.4 (December 2002) : 22
    A reference to an article published in 1996 about saving puppy tails and dewclaws for future DNA testing. Dr. Littman reiterates the importance of that article and reminds breeders to document the health of puppies with stored DNA material throughout their lives. She also comments on the use of cheek swabs for obtaining DNA material. Includes reprint of 1996 article. DNA, Dew claws, Puppy tails

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Renal dysplasia (RD)

  • Carraway, Jana. Since You Weren't There…: Excerpt from the Presentations
    BM 31.3 (September 2003) : 16-24
    Excerpts from the presentations at the SCWT Health Conference held at Keystone Resort, Colorado, in July 2003. Included are Dr. Wendy Beers' presentation on the anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract; highlights of Dr. Meryl Littman's presentation on PLN/PLE, RD and Addison's disease; Dr. Paula Henthorn's Genetics Primer; Dr. Shelly Vaden's summary of her work with the Wheaten/Beagle colony, fecal API testing, and MA testing; and Anna Marzolino's presentation on record keeping. Keystone Health Conference, Gastrointestinal tract, PLE, PLN, Renal dysplasia (RD), Kidney disease, Addison's disease, Genetics, Fecal API test, MA test, HealthTracker

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Research

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SCWTCA Health Forum

  • Carraway, Jana. SCWT Health Forum
    BM 31.4 (December 2003) : 28-32
    A summary of the SCWTCA Health Forum held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in October, 2003. Emphasis is placed on the presentations of Dr. Urs Giger concerning genetics and of Dr. David Williams about gastrointestinal function and testing. There is also information about the Canine Health Information Center. Genetics, Gastrointestinal tract, SCWTCA Health Forum, CHIC

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SCWTCA health history

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Second Opinions

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Senior dogs

  • Ford, Merrillee. Senior Health Evaluation
    BM 31.2 (June 2003) : 16-17
    An explanation of the importance of evaluating and monitoring the health of older dogs. Included are the types of appropriate veterinary procedures and a list of symptoms for which the owner should be alert. Geriatric dogs, Senior dogs, Older dogs

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Skin disorders

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Thyroid

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Titer testing

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Vaccinations

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VetGen

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Benchmarks Health Related Articles
Sorted by Author

Azerolo, Elaine

Beers, Wendy

Beers, Wendy, Sheryl Beitch, and Janet Petros

  • A Step in a New Direction
    BM 24.2 (September 1996) : 34,36
    An explanation of a protocol used to collect and store puppy tails and dewclaws to provide a source of DNA material. DNA, Dew claws, Puppy tails

Carlson, Carol

Carraway, Jana

  • Since You Weren't There…: Excerpt from the Presentations
    BM 31.3 (September 2003) : 16-24
    Excerpts from the presentations at the SCWT Health Conference held at Keystone Resort, Colorado, in July 2003. Included are Dr. Wendy Beers' presentation on the anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract; highlights of Dr. Meryl Littman's presentation on PLN/PLE, RD and Addison's disease; Dr. Paula Henthorn's Genetics Primer; Dr. Shelly Vaden's summary of her work with the Wheaten/Beagle colony, fecal API testing, and MA testing; and Anna Marzolino's presentation on record keeping. Keystone Health Conference, Gastrointestinal tract, PLE, PLN, Renal dysplasia (RD), Kidney disease, Addison's disease, Genetics, Fecal API test, MA test, HealthTracker
  • SCWT Health Forum
    BM 31.4 (December 2003) : 28-32
    A summary of the SCWTCA Health Forum held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in October, 2003. Emphasis is placed on the presentations of Dr. Urs Giger concerning genetics and of Dr. David Williams about gastrointestinal function and testing. There is also information about the Canine Health Information Center. Genetics, Gastrointestinal tract, SCWTCA Health Forum, CHIC

CERF

  • Canine Eye Registry Foundation
    BM 28.2 (June 2000) : 21-22
    An explanation of what the Canine Eye Registry Foundation is, how it works, and of its importance. CERF
  • Cornell Survey on XXSR
    BM 22.5 (September 1997) : 36-37
    An explanation of hermaphroditism (XX sex reversal), which appears in Wheatens, and of the study of XXSR being undertaken at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Hermaphroditism

Dodds, W. Jean

  • Relationship Between Canine Thyroid Dysfunction and AberrantBehavior
    BM 30.3 (September 2002) : 60-66
    A summary of a study of 1500+ dogs with undesirable behaviors in which a significant relationship was found between thyroid dysfunction and such behaviors and/or seizures. Dr. Dodds emphasizes the importance of thyroid testing for dogs with behavior problems and notes that treatment provided marked improvement. Thyroid, Behavior problems
  • Update on Vaccine Issues and Titer Testing
    BM 32.1 (March 2004) : 42-48
    A discussion of vaccine reactions, protocols, and titer testing. Vaccinations, Titer testing

Dunlap, Gay

  • Moving Right Along, Health-Wise
    BM 27.1 (June 1999) : 24-25
    A discussion of the discovery of a genetically linked marker for renal dysplasia at VetGen. Renal dysplasia, VetGen

Eichman, Kathy

  • OFA & PennHIP Information
    BM 31.2 (June 2003) : 34
    A summary of OFA statistics for Wheatens (hip, elbow, patella, thyroid, cardiac) from 1975-2002, along with a listing of PennHIP breeding recommendations. OFA, PennHip, Hip

Ford, Merrillee

  • Senior Health Evaluation
    BM 31.2 (June 2003) : 16-17
    An explanation of the importance of evaluating and monitoring the health of older dogs. Included are the types of appropriate veterinary procedures and a list of symptoms for which the owner should be alert. Geriatric dogs, Senior dogs, Older dogs

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

  • Construction of Genetic Map for Dogs
    BM 26.2 (September 1998) : 31-32
    A discussion of the ongoing work in mapping the canine genome at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Canine genome, Genetics

Jeitles, Jr., George G

  • The PennHIP Method of Hip Evaluation
    BM 25.2 (September 1997) : 46-47
    An explanation of the PennHIP method of screening for canine hip dysplasia and a comparison between it and the OFA method. OFA, PennHip, Hip dysplasia

Holden, Emily

Holden, Emily, and Carol Carlson

  • SCWTCA Health Activities
    BM 32.1 (March 2004) : 32-39
    Highlights of SCWTCA's activities concerning health issues from 1976-2003. SCWTCA health history

Larson, Helen

  • Addison's Disease or Hypoadrenocorticism
    BM 28.4 (December 2000) : 46-53
    An explanation of Addison's disease, its occurrence in Wheatens, guidelines for screening and for management of affected dogs. Addison's disease, Hypoadrenocorticism
  • Could a Second Opinion Save Your Wheaten's Life?
    BM 30.1 (March 2002) : 56-59
    A discussion of the importance of obtaining second opinions with veterinary specialists. Second opinions

    Leptospirosis on the Increase
    BM 25.4 (March 1998) : 42
    A description of leptospirosis, its transmission, and the need for owners to be alert for symptoms. Leptospriosis

Lin, Judith

Linnemayer, David

Littman, Meryl

  • Canine Health Online - Q & A
    BM 31.1 (March 2003) : 80-96
    The transcript of a question and answer session with Dr. Littman from the AKCCHF Online program. She addresses questions about Fecal API tests, kidney infection, diet, hindquarter weakness in PLN-affected dogs, Heska ERD tests, and the status of her DNA research project for Wheaten Terriers. Fecal API test, PLN, ERD test, Laboratory Tests, Nutrition, DNA, Kidney disease
  • Criteria for Diagnosis of PLE & PLN & Placement on Open Registry
    BM 30.4 ((December 2002) : 42
    An explanation of the codes used on the Open Registry. Open Registry (OR)
  • Interview with Dr. Meryl Littman about the Informative Family Study
    BM 32.1 (March 2004) : 12-15
    A review of Dr. Littman's Informative Family Study, including a discussion of its goals and participants. Informative Family Study
  • Another Step Closer
    BM 30.4 (December 2002) : 22
    A reference to an article published in 1996 about saving puppy tails and dewclaws for future DNA testing. Dr. Littman reiterates the importance of that article and reminds breeders to document the health of puppies with stored DNA material throughout their lives. She also comments on the use of cheek swabs for obtaining DNA material. Includes reprint of 1996 article. DNA, Dew claws, Puppy tails
  • Questions about Diet: an Opinion
    BM 27.2 (September 1999) : 43
    Dr. Littman's recommendations for feeding healthy Wheatens. Nutrition, Diet
  • Wheaten Terrier PLE-PLN
    BM 27.2 (September 1999) : 36-42
    A historical description of the appearance of PLE/PLN in Wheaten Terriers, definition of the diseases, discussion of their theoretical causes, appropriate testing, management, and the importance of the Open Registry. PLE, PLN, Open Registry (OR)

Littman, Meryl, Beth Heckerman, and Carol Carlson

  • Open Registry FAQ,
    BM 32.2 (June 2004) : 38-42
    Frequently asked questions, with answers, about the Open Registry; a detailed explanation of what the Open Registry is and how it works. Open Registry (OR)

Lulich, Jody P., Carl A. Osborne, Cynthia Stovkis, and Kathy Eichman

Mansfield, Philip D

O'Connell, Sheila

O'Sullivan, Neil

  • Guidelines for Usage of the VetGen DNA Marker
    BM 27.2 (September 1999) : 10-14
    A detailed explanation of the VetGen DNA-based marker test for renal dysplasia and recommendations for its use. DNA, VetGen, Renal dysplasia, Genetics

Roy, Anita

SCWT Health Conference at Keystone Resort Organizing Team.

  • Health Websites for SCWTs
    BM 31.4 (December 2003) : 69-71
    A listing of websites providing health information of special interest to breeders and owners of Wheaten Terriers. Health-related websites (bibliography)

Smith, Bruce F. Letter

  • More on the VetGen Marker Test
    BM 27.3 (December 1999) : 1-2
    The author, a V.M.D. and Ph.D. in molecular medicine and pathobiology at Auburn University, offers his opinions about the errors in the VetGen marker test for renal dysplasia. DNA, VetGen, Renal dysplasia

Springer, Leo

Springer, Roxanna

  • Itchy Skin – Why? What? Next?
    BM 31.2 (June 2003) : 20-22
    A discussion of canine skin problems, their causes, and some treatment suggestions. Skin disorders

Today's Breeder.

  • DNA Analysis Intrigues Breeders
    BM 25.2 (September 1997) : 22, 24-28
    An overview of how DNA is used for identification and to ascertain parentage, along with a brief explanation of genetic testing for disease. DNA, Genetics

Trogdon, Maureen

Ubbink, Jolijne

Vaden, S., U. Giger, K. Spaulding, R. Sellon, M. Littman, T. Harris, M. Afrouzian, J. Jennette, D. Williams, and S. Van Camp

Vaden, S. L., W. Jensen, S. Longhofer, and D. Simpson.

  • Abstract. Longitudinal Study of Microalbuminuria in Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers
    BM 30.2 (June2002) : 51-53
    Abstract of an article published in The Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 15 (2001) : 300, describing a study whose purpose was to evaluate urine albumin content in the Wheaten/ Wheaten x beagle colony at North Carolina State University. The abstract is followed by a more general summary explaining the implications of the study for Wheaten owners. Microalbuminuria, PLN

Vaden, S. L., A. Vidaurri, J. F. Levine, T. Harris, J. M. Steiner, and D. A. Williams

  • Abstract. Fecal a1-Proteinase Inhibitor Activity in Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers
    30.2 (June 2002) : 53-56
    Abstract of an article to be published in The Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2002, describing a study intended to determine the prevalence of increased fecal a1-P1 in the colony of SCWT at North Carolina State University, as well as in the general population. The abstract is followed by a more general summary of the study. PLE

Vaden, Shelly

  • Do Food Allergies Cause PLE/PLN in Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers?
    BM 28.4 (March 2000) : 20-21
    A description of studies of food hypersensitivities, mast cell functions, and treatment trials in the SCTW and SCWT/Beagle colony at North Carolina State University. Allergy (food), PLE. PLN
  • PLE/PLN in Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers
    BM 25.3 (December 1997) : 42-44
    A paper presented at the 1997 AKC Canine Health Conference describing research into PLE/PLN at North Carolina State University, expounding on the hypothesis that PLE/PLN in Wheatens is caused by food hypersensitivities. Allergy (food), PLE, PLN
  • Protein-Losing Enteropathy and Protein-Losing Nephropathy of Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers
    BM 26.3 (December 1998) : 43-46
    A clinical explanation of PLE/PLN, their manifestations, recommendations for testing, and a discussion of food hypersensitivity in relation to PLE/PLN with recommendations for dietary management. Allergy (food), Nutrition, PLE, PLN, Diet

Verner, Beth, and Betty Chapman

  • Why Can't We Know Now?
    BM 30.3 (September 2002) : 51-57
    An explanation of the research process with emphasis on why it takes such a long time to produce results. Research

Veterinary Practice News.

  • Addison's Missed Too Often, Survey Says
    BM 31.4 (December 2003) : 60
    A summary of a survey conducted for Novartis Animal Health of owners whose dogs have hypoadrenocorticism and how long it took for the disease to be diagnosed. Addison's Disease, Hypoadrenocorticism

Vogels, Cindy

  • AKC Canine Health Foundation Parent Club Conference
    BM 31.4 (December 2003) : 46-49
    A summary of the 2003 AKC/ CHF Conference, including information about CHIC, different types of genetic tests, popular sire syndrome, vaccination recommendations, canine cancer research, diet, alternative forms of veterinary medicine, and other interest to fanciers. CHIC, CHF
  • Canine Health Information Center - CHIC
    BM 32.2 (June 2004) : 52-53
    A description of the Canine Health Information Center, its goals and programs. CHIC


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