November 11, 2019
The Gift of Feeling Normal
Sandy Kirk came to the NC State Veterinary Hospital with a medical emergency when her 12-year-old mixed-breed dog, Maggie, needed help. It was an experience that stirred her to action.
November 5, 2019
Dogs May Hold Key to Fighting Human Bladder Cancer
A pioneering bladder cancer study launching at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine will compare the origins and characteristics of the disease in dogs and humans, a promising approach to developing earlier diagnosis and improved therapies for both species. The two-year project, which recently received funding from the V Foundation for Cancer Research, will
November 4, 2019
Keep Calm and Terrier On
Kristi Thompson says that, Nala, her 12-year-old terrier mix, is her rock. “Nala’s been there for me through so much,” Thompson said. “She’s my best friend, my confidant, my shadow. Her gentle energy keeps me grounded and sane through all of life’s ups and downs.” There have been a few of those ups and downs
October 28, 2019
Helping Kayda Catch the Bad Guys Again
Kayda Petersen is a valued member of the police department in Surf City, N.C. She proudly displays her police badge just below her throat, where it shines brightly from her collar. Kayda is part of the two-member Surf City K-9 patrol — she’s the canine member. The human member is also her owner, Cpl. Eric Petersen.
October 10, 2019
A Breakthrough in Understanding Canine Itch
A new study from the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine is the first to pinpoint the intricate pathway mechanisms of itch in dogs, information vital to developing targeted treatments for common and chronic canine skin disorders. The research describes the expression of itch-signaling somatostatin and other major itch-associated neuropeptides and receptors in canine neurons.
October 8, 2019
New CVM Canine Health Studies Receive Morris Animal Foundation Funding
Two innovative canine health studies at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine have been awarded funding by the Morris Animal Foundation. The organization announced Tuesday that it’s supporting a CVM project that’s developing a test that quickly gauges the severity and prognosis of central nervous system injuries in dogs. The two-year study is helmed
September 24, 2019
A Big Break for Little Bo
One look at Bo, a tiny ball of white fur with two soft dark eyes and a bit of pink tongue peeking out, and it’s easy to understand Ashley White’s devotion to him. And it’s easy to understand why discovering his serious illness was particularly gut-wrenching. The 10-year-old Maltese is sweet enough to soften the
September 22, 2019
Patient Spotlight: Puppy Thrives After New Hernia Surgery Approach
When newlyweds Ellen and Drew Williams were looking for a house in Raleigh, they knew they wanted a big backyard for a future puppy. Not long after they were settled in, Drew surprised Ellen for her birthday with what she called the best gift ever. He told her they were on a waiting list to
September 1, 2019
Hurricane Dorian Preparedness: Tips for Animal Owners
A still-strong Hurricane Dorian unloaded heavy rain and dangerous winds of up to 110 mph on coastal areas of the Carolinas Thursday afternoon, causing widespread power outages and spawning multiple tornadoes. The National Hurricane Center said Dorian was traveling north at 8 mph and wavering between a Category 2 and 3 hurricane at 2 p.m.
August 20, 2019
N.C. Dogs Provide Clues About Dangerous Pathogen
A new NC State College of Veterinary Medicine study shines an ever-brightening light on Bartonella by taking a close look at the emerging pathogen’s presence in North Carolina. The study, published in the journal Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, creates an activity map of the pathogen Bartonella henselae through samples from dogs obtained between 2004 and