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Longevity of dogs shorter than owners would like
September 24, 2013

PULLMAN, Wash. – It’s just a fact: most of us outlive our dogs. Indeed, for people who are dog owners throughout their lives, a lot of grieving is guaranteed. Fido #1 dies, is replaced by Fido #2 who also dies, and so on down the long line of dogs in our households.

Researcher recognized for drug reaction discovery in dogs
July 8, 2013

Mealey with Bumpus

WSU’s Katrina Mealey with her Jack Russell terrier, Bumpus,
named after former Coug football wide receiver, Michael
Bumpus. (Photo by Robert Hubner, WSU Photo Services)

PULLMAN, Wash. – Because one dog’s miracle drug can be another dog’s poison, Washington State University researcher Katrina Mealey has spared countless dogs worldwide from crippling illness and death caused by commonly prescribed medications.

Calling her a “leader in the field of veterinary pharmacogenetics,” the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association will recognize Mealey this week at its Life Science Innovation Northwest conference in Seattle. Mealey, … » More …

From wolves to foxes to man’s best friend
July 2, 2013

PULLMAN, Wash. – When I get home from work I like to blow off a little bit of steam by playing with my dog, Buster Brown.

Buster came from the dog pound so I don’t know his full life history, but he’s about 10 years old. Despite his membership in the canine branch of the AARP, Buster still likes to play like a puppy. He’s a thoroughly domesticated dog, behaving in some ways like he’s 10 weeks old rather than 10 years old.

Breeding tameness in foxes

People have long speculated about how the ancestors of dogs – wolves – were coaxed into … » More …

Pain medicine study seeking dogs with osteoarthritis
July 1, 2013

PULLMAN, Wash. – Pet owners are invited to bring their dogs with osteoarthritis to be part of a Washington State University study testing a medicine to control pain and inflammation. Enrollees will need to bring their dog to the WSU veterinary teaching hospital clinic four times over an approximate five-week period.

The comparative orthopedic research laboratory in WSU veterinary clinical sciences is evaluating the effectiveness, safety and oral acceptability of a flavored tablet for dogs diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the shoulder, hip, knee or elbow joint.

The medicine is a member of a class of products known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that are … » More …

Drugs for dogs: aligning medications to breeds
March 15, 2006

PULLMAN – Every dog has his day, and someday, every dog may have his own drug profile. Washington State University veterinary pharmacologist Katrina Mealey has launched a study of how different breeds of dogs react to common medications, and is asking dog owners in the Pacific Northwest for their help. The work was spurred by Mealey’s discovery a few years ago that dogs of herding breeds have a high risk of carrying a mutation that renders normally harmless drugs deadly. “Different breeds react differently to different drugs,” said Mealey. “If you test it in a beagle, it’s fine,” but in a herding dog the same … » More …

It’s no dog’s life after research
November 14, 2003

A Beatles CD was playing as we walked into the cat colony of WSU researchers Boon Chew and Jean Soon Park. Instantly, a myriad of colorful cats jumped up to greet us — bright eyed, sleek … and to be honest, all a little on the chubby side. The cats are housed four or five together in large, open cages full of perches and toys. Heather Wardell, research technician and obedience instructor at FSHN, opened the door to one kennel and sat down inside to demonstrate a bit of the Socialization Enrichment Program. Armed with “cat dancers,” laser pointers for the cats to chase, wind-up … » More …