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Impact of facial conformation on canine health: Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (2015)
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Packer, R. M. A., Hendricks, A., Tivers, M. S., & Burn, C. C. (2015). Impact of facial conformation on canine health: Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome. PLoS ONE, 10(10), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0137496

The domestic dog may be the most morphologically diverse terrestrial mammalian species known to man; pedigree dogs are artificially selected for extreme aesthetics dictated by formal Breed Standards, and breed-related disorders linked to conformation... Read More about Impact of facial conformation on canine health: Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome.

Impact of Facial Conformation on Canine Health: Corneal Ulceration (2015)
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Packer, R. M. A., Hendricks, A., & Burn, C. C. (2015). Impact of Facial Conformation on Canine Health: Corneal Ulceration. PLoS ONE, 10(5), e0123827. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0123827

Concern has arisen in recent years that selection for extreme facial morphology in the domestic dog may be leading to an increased frequency of eye disorders. Corneal ulcers are a common and painful eye problem in domestic dogs that can lead to scarr... Read More about Impact of Facial Conformation on Canine Health: Corneal Ulceration.

How Long and Low Can You Go? Effect of Conformation on the Risk of Thoracolumbar Intervertebral Disc Extrusion in Domestic Dogs (2013)
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Packer, R. M. A., Hendricks, A., Volk, H. A., Shihab, N. K., & Burn, C. C. (2013). How Long and Low Can You Go? Effect of Conformation on the Risk of Thoracolumbar Intervertebral Disc Extrusion in Domestic Dogs. PLoS ONE, 8(7), e69650. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0069650

Intervertebral disc extrusion (IVDE) is a common neurological disorder in certain dog breeds, resulting in spinal cord compression and injury that can cause pain and neurological deficits. Most disc extrusions are reported in chondrodystrophic breeds... Read More about How Long and Low Can You Go? Effect of Conformation on the Risk of Thoracolumbar Intervertebral Disc Extrusion in Domestic Dogs.

Motivation of Owners to Purchase Pedigree Cats, with Specific Focus on the Acquisition of Brachycephalic Cats
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Plitman, L., Cerná, P., Farnworth, M. J., Packer, R. M. A., & Gunn-Moore, D. A. (in press). Motivation of Owners to Purchase Pedigree Cats, with Specific Focus on the Acquisition of Brachycephalic Cats. Animals, 9(7), 394. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani9070394

Selective breeding of domestic cats (Felis catus) has resulted in a variety of temperaments, body shapes, facial features and, in particular, coat types and colours. There are now over 70 recognised cat breeds, created over 150 years. Many cat owners... Read More about Motivation of Owners to Purchase Pedigree Cats, with Specific Focus on the Acquisition of Brachycephalic Cats.

Clinical Risk Factors Associated with Anti-Epileptic Drug Responsiveness in Canine Epilepsy
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Packer, R. M. A., Shihab, N. K., Torres, B. B. J., & Volk, H. A. (in press). Clinical Risk Factors Associated with Anti-Epileptic Drug Responsiveness in Canine Epilepsy. PLoS ONE, 9(8), e106026. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0106026

The nature and occurrence of remission, and conversely, pharmacoresistance following epilepsy treatment is still not fully understood in human or veterinary medicine. As such, predicting which patients will have good or poor treatment outcomes is imp... Read More about Clinical Risk Factors Associated with Anti-Epileptic Drug Responsiveness in Canine Epilepsy.

An exploratory study using a statistical approach as a platform for clinical reasoning in canine epilepsy
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Armasu, M., Packer, R. M. A., Cook, S., Solcan, G., & Volk, H. A. (in press). An exploratory study using a statistical approach as a platform for clinical reasoning in canine epilepsy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tvjl.2014.08.008

Links between deficits identified on neurological examination, age of seizure onset and the presence of structural forebrain disease have often been postulated in dogs presenting with a history of seizures. The purpose of this study was to assess the... Read More about An exploratory study using a statistical approach as a platform for clinical reasoning in canine epilepsy.

Inter-observer agreement of canine and feline paroxysmal event semiology and classification by veterinary neurology specialists and non-specialists
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Packer, R. M. A., Berendt, M., Bhatti, S. F. A., Charalambous, M., Cizinauskas, S., De Risio, L., …Volk, H. A. (in press). Inter-observer agreement of canine and feline paroxysmal event semiology and classification by veterinary neurology specialists and non-specialists. BMC Veterinary Research, 11(1), 356. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12917-015-0356-2

International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force's current understanding of idiopathic epilepsy of genetic or suspected genetic origin in purebred dogs
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Hüelsmeyer, V., Fischer, A., Mandigers, P. J. J., De Risio, L., Berendt, M., Rusbridge, C., …Volk, H. A. (in press). International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force's current understanding of idiopathic epilepsy of genetic or suspected genetic origin in purebred dogs. BMC Veterinary Research, 11, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12917-015-0463-0

Canine idiopathic epilepsy is a common neurological disease affecting both purebred and crossbred dogs. Various breed-specific cohort, epidemiological and genetic studies have been conducted to date, which all improved our knowledge and general under... Read More about International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force's current understanding of idiopathic epilepsy of genetic or suspected genetic origin in purebred dogs.

International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force Consensus Proposal: Diagnostic approach to epilepsy in dogs
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De Risio, L., Bhatti, S. F. A., Munana, K., Penderis, J., Stein, V., Tipold, A., …Volk, H. A. (in press). International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force Consensus Proposal: Diagnostic approach to epilepsy in dogs. BMC Veterinary Research, 11(148), https://doi.org/10.1186/s12917-015-0462-1

This article outlines the consensus proposal on diagnosis of epilepsy in dogs by the International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force. The aim of this consensus proposal is to improve consistency in the diagnosis of epilepsy in the clinical and research... Read More about International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force Consensus Proposal: Diagnostic approach to epilepsy in dogs.