At the National meeting of the Spinone Club of America, an announcement was made that Visceral leishmaniasis had been found in Spinone. Leishmaniasis is an infection of dogs and humans with the protozoan parasites of the Leishmania donovani complex; it is usually spread by the bite of an infected sand fly and in dogs is normally fatal.
Aortic Stenosis has recently been found in the Spinone. It is believed to be a hereditary problem,however more information needs to be gathered before we can determine which lines are carriers. There is an excellent article written on Aortic Stenosis written by Dr. Cathy Priddle.
While liver shunts are not common in Spinone,there have been reported cases, therefore, it must be included here. The official name is Portosystemic Shunt. It is an abnormal connection of the blood vessels which connect the portal vein to the systemic circulation. It is believed to be an inherited disorder. The clinical signs are a result of toxins in the blood (energy loss, weight loss and diarrhea. They include but are not limited to disorientation, seizures, pacing and coma.
The word Ectropia is derived from the Greek word "Ectropion" meaning an inside -out eye. It is the result of the lower lid turning outward exposing the inner surface of the lid resulting in irritation. It is a common genetic condition in a number of breeds, however it is not commonly found in Spinone. Another condition, loose lower lids, have sometimes been mistaken for Ectropia, however true ectropia in Spinone is relatively rare. There is an excellent article on loose lids called "The Eyes Have It" written by Norm Prima.
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HEATSTROKE is the most common and most often fatal syndrome in dogs. It is associated with exposure to high temperature and humidity and very poor ventilation. Heatstroke develops rapidly. High fever must be reduced rapidly to save a dog's life and prevent permanent brain damage. Body temperature of 106° and above can be tolerated only a few minutes before irreversible damage occurs to the central nervous system.
Canine Hip Dysplasia is a relatively common disorder in veterinary medicine. The highest incidence occurs in larger, rapidly growing dogs. The effects can range from mild to severe, resulting in euthanasia for animals severely affected. There is an excellent article contributed by Cheryl Minnier.