Breed-related disease: Beagle

John K. Rosembert The beagle is a breed of small hound that is similar in appearance to the much larger foxhound. The beagle is a scent hound, developed primarily for hunting hare (beagling). Possessing a great sense of smell and superior tracking instincts, the beagle is the primary breed used as detection dogs for prohibited…

Breed-related disease: Bengal cat

John K. Rosembert The Bengal cat is a domesticated cat breed created from hybrids of domestic cats, especially the spotted Egyptian Mau, with the Asian leopard cat, the breed name comes from the leopard cat’s taxonomic name. It is a long, muscular, medium- to large-sized cat, with a broad head and muzzle, high cheekbones, and…

Feline Pancreatic Lipase

Feline Pancreatic Lipase   LIN, WEN-YANG (WESLEY), Ph.D   Feline Pancreatic Lipase is a powerful diagnosing biomarker for feline pancreatitis, whereas serum amylase and serum lipase are usually used in diagnosing pancreatitis for canine, are not effectively in detecting pancreatitis for cats.   Anatomical physiology function of pancreas in cats The feline pancreas is a…

Feline Alpha-1-acid glycoprotein (AGP)

Feline Alpha-1-acid glycoprotein (AGP)   Andy Pachikerl, Ph.D   Introduction Alpha-1-acid glycoprotein (AGP) surges in cats’ blood when they fall in victim of feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), a lethal disease caused by feline coronavirus (FCoV). The diagnosis of feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is often tough and not very viable at times. The clinical suspicion of…

Breed-related disease: German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is a breed of medium to large-sized working dog that originated in Germany, Intelligent as it is versatile, this breed was originally developed in Germany to guard and herd a shepherd’s flocks. It has a double coat, which is comprised of a thick undercoat and a dense, slightly wavy or straight outer…

Breed-related disease: Siberian cat

The Siberian is a centuries-old landrace (natural variety) of domestic cat in Russia, and recently developed as a formal breed with standards promulgated the world over since the late 1980s. As befits a cat from northern Russia, the Siberian wears a magnificent fur coat that not only protects him from the elements but also gives…

Canine HbA1c

Canine HbA1c   LIN, WEN-YANG (WESLEY), Ph.D   HbA1c is a type of hemoglobin on which several monosaccharides such as glucose, galactose and fructose tend to bind with and exist in the bloodstream. The chemical linking process between sugar and hemoglobin is named glycation. HbA1c is actually an indicator of the beta-N-1-deoxy fructosyl on hemoglobin,…

Breed-related disease: Bulldogs

The Bulldog also known as the English bulldog is a medium-sized dog breed, descended from dogs originally used for blood sports in the 16th century, at that time, the bulldog was bred with the purpose of bull-baiting in mind, which required the animal to be both strong and tenacious with vicious fighting spirit. Today, however,…