German shepherds - DNA tests for genetic diseases

German shepherds – DNA tests for genetic diseases

German shepherds as we know them today is a relatively new breed. This breed is the result of a vision of a man named Max von Stepanitz. His vision was to create a superior German herding work dog. He pictured an athletic, intelligent dog that was fast, capable and had a good sense of smell.  In 1899 during a show Von Stepanitz came across a dog named Hektor Linksrhein, which was just like the one he had imagined. Von Stepanitz bought the dog immediately and changed its name to Horand von Grafrath. Soon after that he founded The German Shepherd Association to establish a breed from Horand’s descendants. Rapid industrialization reduced the need for shepherd dogs, so the future of this breed was focused on police and military work.

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First AnimaLabs presentation on Black Cat Show

Black Cat show is an annual international cat show held on 15th and 16th of November in WestGate Shopping City. The show got its name because of unique detail during the show – visitors can also win a prize, if they mask themselves in a black cat. This was an ideal opportunity for AnimaLabs to present itself for the first time. Our goal was to inform both owners and visitors about importance of DNA testing, but we also wanted to raise awareness of our brand.

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Canine degenerative myelopathy

Canine degenerative myelopathy

Canine degenerative myelopathy (DM) is an adult onset, progressive neurodegenerative disease of the spinal cord. Most dogs are at least 8 years old before the onset of clinical signs. The initial signs of degenerative myelopathy typically include asymmetric general proprioceptive ataxia and spastic paresis in the pelvic limbs. At this stage, segmental spinal reflexes are indicative of upper motor neuron loss. The disease duration can exceed 3 years,  however, its progression is relentless, and dog owners usually elect euthanasia within a year of diagnosis when their dogs become paraplegic. When euthanasia is delayed, weakness can ascend to the thoracic limbs with the emergence of lower motor neuron signs such as flaccid tetraplegia, widespread muscle atrophy, dysphagia, and inability to bark.

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Cat blood Group

 Cat blood group The AB cat blood group system is both unique and typical of blood groups of other species. It is unique because it appears to be the sole major blood group system. Since it has only two common alleles and the vast majority of cats have the same blood type A, the cat…

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