Cranial cruciate ligament (CrCL) study

Pure-bred Labrador retrievers: cranial cruciate ligament (CrCL) study
Dr. Randy J. Boudrieau, Diplomate ACVS & ECVS
Professor of Surgery
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
N. Grafton, MA 01536
508-887-4794

As a summary of this study, we are radiographing (X-rays) the hind limbs of the Pure-bred Labrador retrievers (femurs, tibia and pelvis). This is a comparison study between normal dogs vs. dogs with cruciate ligament tears; (we prefer to radiograph older dogs > 6-yr, to see if they have avoided a cruciate tear, if so, then it is unlikely they will have one). We see many dogs in our hospital with cruciate tears during our day, and it is most commonly found in this breed.This is the reason we are not actively soliciting dogs with a cranial cruciate rupture (our hospital population takes care of this group). Continue reading

Innovation

Current Research on Canine Compulsive Behavior

By Nicole Cottam, MS, ACAAB

Doberman Flank Sucking

Dobermans helped Tufts researchers understand the keys to Canine Compulsive Disorder.

The research team at the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic has long suspected that canine compulsive behavior has a genetic component.  Recently, this suspicion was confirmed with the discovery that a variant of a gene, which codes for cadherin-2, was overrepresented in a sample of Doberman Pinschers

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Tufts’ Clinical Oncology Team

The clinical oncology service is comprised of veterinary oncologists, residents and technicians that work together as a team.  The oncology service works closely with the surgery service, which has expertise in surgical oncology, as well as with pathology, diagnostic imaging, interventional radiology, and the pain clinic.  Through the collaboration with these and other specialty services throughout the hospital, we are able to offer a broad range of options for owners of companion animals with cancer.

As a member of the National Cancer institute’s Comparative Oncology Trials Consortium, as well as through independent studies and collaboration with other veterinary and biomedical institutions, the oncology service is able to offer investigational therapies in addition to conventional treatment.

The oncology service boasts a 6 MV Siemens linear accelerator with 2-16 MeV electrons, a multileaf collimator, and intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) capabilities.  In addition, strontium 90 plesiotherapy is offered, allowing for wide breadth of radiation therapy options. Continue reading