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Understanding Your Dog’s Blood

Veterinarians recommend annual exams that include a blood count and chemistry profile. Reprinted with permission from Dog Watch, January 2008 The chief function of canine blood, like human blood, is to transport oxygen and nutrients to the body’s tissues and to carry carbon dioxide and …

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A Novice’s Guide to PNA

Part 1: Frequently asked questions about PNA What is PNA? PNA stands for progressive neuronal abiotrophy, also referred to as cerebellar cortical and extrapyramidal nuclear abiotrophy, or simply abiotrophy, a genetically transmitted, fatal disease in Kerry Blue Terriers. It is characterized by head tremors and …

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The Incredible Story of Blackjack

Miracles, we all know, happen with amazing frequency in Kerries. But tragedies occur, too. In the story of Blackjack, both collided in a powerful and extraordinary way. The miracle was way beyond anyone’s dreams, and the tragedy far worse than anyone could possibly imagine. His …

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Guinness: A Case of Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia

Calkerry’s Guinness Reserve  January 20, 1995 – February 12, 2002  Bred and owned by Janet Joers & John Van den Bergh Guinness by Janet Joers Many of the things that made Guinness special are the things that make all our Kerries special–that twinkle in his …

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FXI deficiency in Kerry Blue Terrier dogs causing a mild bleeding disorder

March 7, 2006 by Dr. Urs Giger Updated March 9, 2013  Several hereditary bleeding disorders have been identified in many different canine breeds and involve clotting (coagulation) factor deficiencies, platelet disorders, and von Willebrand disease. Coagulation factor XI (FXI) deficiency in the Kerry Blue Terrier …

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Ten Surprising Things to Know about Kerries and Resilience

Resilience is our “inborn self-righting mechanism.” It means bouncing back from loss, failures, and setbacks. Building resilience (an emotional intelligence competency) is proactive stress management. Read these research data from “A General Theory of Love,” by Amini, Lewis and Lannon, MDs, and take another look …

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Comparative Analysis of Congenital and Heritable Disorders in Kerry Blue Terriers

  Kerry Blue Terrier Cataract–as in humans, a change in structure of the lens of the eye leading to cloudiness and usually to blindness. Cerebellar and extrapyriamidal abiotrophy (PNA)–a condition where the neurons in the cerebellum part of the brain and parts of the spinal …

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Immune-Mediated Hematologic Diseases

Immune-mediated hematologic disease including hemolytic anemia (IMHA) and/or thrombocytopenia is being reported with increasing frequency in animals and humans. In dogs and occasionally in cats, this disorder can be associated with bone marrow failure (nonregenerative anemia, erythroid dysgenesis, red cell aplasia). Affected animals have one …

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