Understanding Laboratory Tests

Understanding Laboratory Tests

Veterinarians use a wide variety of tests to certify good health or indicate the presence of infection or disease. A Complete Blood Count or Full Blood Count shows the number and type of cells in the dog’s blood. This standard test can identify conditions like anaemia and leukaemia, as well as diagnosing many infections. A…

Patella Luxation

Patella Luxation

Patella Luxation is not common in Canaan Dogs, but there have been a few dogs who have been diagnosed with it. It is therefore advisable that breeders have their dogs and puppies tested by a vet. What is it? Luxating means out of place, or dislocated. The patella is the equivalent to the human kneecap…

Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison's Disease)

Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison's Disease)

Addison’s disease is essentially the opposite of Cushing’s disease, that is hypoadrenocorticism as opposed to hyperadrenocorticism. Primary hypoadrenocorticism (Addison’s disease) results from a deficient production of glucocorticoid, mineralocorticoid or both due to bilateral destruction of all of the layers of the adrenal cortex. Most cases of Addison’s disease are thought to be idiopathic (unknown cause)…

Are Canaan Dogs a healthy breed?

In general, the Canaan Dog is one of the healthiest breeds around with no known hereditary problems. As guardians of the breed, breeders have a responsibility to ensure that the breed remains so, not just for today but for future generations. To help breeders achieve this there are various scientific tools available today, including testing…