Health & Genetics

198 – Vet Voice: Dog Days of Summer Precautions

Dog Days of Summer Precautions Dr. Marty Greer, DVM takes us through a few summer dangers, how to avoid them and some excellent tricks to solve some of them. Listen to find out why canned spinach and Dawn dish soap are on her “must have” list. Hot cars Hot cars kill dogs every year. Don’t…


190 – Leptospirosis symptoms, treatments and prevention

Dr. Marty Greer Leptospirosis symptoms, treatments and prevention Dr. Marty Greer, DVM, JD joins us again for our monthly Veterinary Voice. Our topic this month is the potentially deadly zoonotic disease, leptospirosis. Resurgent disease Aka Lepto, this bacterial infection is found primarily in areas of standing water and within about 18 months of major flooding….


180 – Veterinary Voice: Dr. Marty Greer Talks “Frozen Assets”

Dr. Marty Greer Talks “Frozen Assets” Frozen semen is an investment not only in one family of dogs, but in the future of the breed in question. Dr. Marty Greer, DVM, JD takes us through a checklist of important considerations for preserving genetic material from our best dogs. First, Greer said, be sure the semen…


179 — Non Profit Foundations Benefit our Breeds

Non Profit Foundations Benefit our Breeds The Clumber Spaniel Health Foundation, created by members of the Clumber Spaniel Club of America, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for health research in their beloved breed. A low registration breed with a relatively small gene pool, the breeders were making progress on the breed’s health…


172 – Veterinary Voice: Cruciate Ligaments

AVOID EXPENSIVE, PAINFUL CRUCIATE LIGAMENT RUPTURE Early spay/neuter is one of the primary indicators of a potential for a “blown knee” in our dogs, according to Dr. Marty Greer, DVM. The cruciate ligaments in the stifle joint of the dog serve as a hinge when working properly. When these ligaments are stretched, frayed or torn,…


164 – Busting the Genetic Testing Myths: Dr. Jerold Bell

Dr. Jerold Bell has some serious myth busting going on in this discussion that I think our listeners are going to enjoy. First of all, mixed breeds are not healthier than purebred dogs. “The most frequent genetic disorders that we see in practice are seen equally between purebreds and mixed breeds,” Bell said.

Cannabis for Dogs?

163 – Cannabis for Dogs?|Kari Taylor and Alternative Therapies

Cannabinoid compounds as alternative therapy for dogs is a growing area of interest. Kari Taylor talks with us today about exactly what medical marijuana and cannabinoids are, how they can help our dogs and answers the legal and safety questions many pet owners have.


162 – Veterinary Voice: Health Testing 101 with Dr. Marty Greer

Dr. Marty Greer, DVM, JD talks on Veterinary Voice about health testing for our breeding programs. Using testing to improve our dogs’ overall health involves looking at both “phenotype” — diseases we can test for with xrays, blood or other physical exam — and “genotype” — those diseases identified by DNA testing.

Dr. Karen Overall

160 – Dr. Karen Overall: Temperament vs Genetics

Dr. Karen Overall, Senior Research scientist at the University of Pennsylvania on how temperament in purebred dogs plays a vital part in how the dogs fit into their families and society. Along with that comes the inevitable nature vs nurture argument. In other words, does separation anxiety, for example, have a genetic basis or is it caused by well-intentioned but misguided owners.


154 – Veterinary Voice with Dr. Marty Greer|C-Section Decisions

In this month’s Veterinary Voice, Dr. Marty Greer guides dog breeders through the C Section process and when to make the C Section decision.