REFERENCE CENTER2023-01-30T20:26:27+00:00

Welcome to PBGVCA Health Committee Reference Center

Mission Statement

To have the most current information readily available for providing optimal health care and for making wise choices in managing breed-specific health care issues.

Goals & Objectives

  • To develop and maintain educational information targeted to general health care of the PBGV.
  • To develop and maintain a knowledge base of medical problems specific to the PBGV including clinical resources to assist with diagnoses, treatment and management of breed specific health issues.
  • To have the resources available to assist PBGV breeders and owners in making decisions for the health and welfare of the breed.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen Club of America does not provide specific medical advice, but rather provides users with information to help them better understand health and disease. Please consult with a qualified health care professional for answers to medical questions.


Recently added Reference Center articles.

AKC Purebred Preservation Bank (PPB)

By Jerold S Bell DVM, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, 2023 The AKC Purebred Preservation Bank (PPB) was created by the AKC Board of Directors in August 2021. To understand the basis and need for a breed semen repository, there must be a realistic understanding of dog breed gene pools, genetic diversity, and genetic health. Learn more...

POAG in the PBGV: Clear by Parentage: To test or not to test? That is the question

By Laura Liscum, Assistant Chair, PBGVCA Health Committee, 2022. POAG is a painful, blinding disease. The normal eye has cells that produce fluid and the drainage of this fluid from the eye must match its production in order to maintain normal pressure within the eye. When drainage is blocked, the increased intraocular pressure damages the optic nerve and results in [...]

International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases (ISCAID) guidelines for the diagnosis and management of bacterial urinary tract infections in dogs and cats

The Veterinary Journal, Volume 247, May 2019, Pages 8-25 J. Scott Weese, Joseph Blondeaub, Dawn Boothe, Luca Guardabassi, Nigel Gumley, Mark Papich, Lisbeth Rem Jessen, Michael Lappin, Shelley Rankin, Jodi L.Westropp, Jane Sykes Highlights These guidelines provide recommendations for the diagnosis and management of bacterial urinary tract infections in dogs and cats. Sporadic bacterial cystitis, recurrent bacterial cystitis, pyelonephritis, [...]

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Spay & Neuter Link Resources

Reexamining the early spay-neuter paradigm in dogs By Michael Petty, DVM, CVPP, CVMA, CCRT, CAAPM, Mark Goldstein, DVM DVM360 MAGAZINE, Mar 01, 2019 Learn more… Hormones and the Endocrine System published by Healthy and Happy Dog, Dr. Suzanne Valente Learn more… Correlation of neuter status and expression of heritable disorders (2017) Janelle M. Belanger, Thomas P. Bellumori, Danika L. Bannasch, Thomas R. Famula [...]

Respiratory (nose, larynx, trachea, bronchi, lungs) Link Resources

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – What is canine influenza (dog flu)? : Canine influenza (also known as dog flu) is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by specific Type A influenza viruses known to infect dogs. These are called “canine influenza viruses.” No human infections with canine influenza have ever been reported. There are two different influenza A [...]

Nutrition of Aging Dogs

By Jennifer A. Larsen, DVM, PhD and Amy Farcas, DVM, MS Vet Clin Small Anim 44 (2014) 741-759 When do our PBGVs transition from being adults to seniors? The American Animal Hospital Association suggests that dogs are considered to be seniors when they are in the last 25 percent of their predicted lifespan. The typical healthy PBGV has a [...]

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Nutrition Link Resources

RVC research finds potential in ground-breaking new dietary treatment for canine epilepsy, Royal Veterinary College University of London, May 14, 2020. Funded by the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation. Learn more… Natural Remedies For Dog Ear Infections dogsnaturallymagazine.com Learn More… Diet-associated dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs: what do we know? Lisa M. Freeman DVM, PhD;  Joshua A. Stern DVM, PhD;  Ryan [...]

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Status Epilepticus and Cluster Seizures

By Edward (Ned) E. Patterson, DVM, PhD Vet Clin Small Anim 44(2014) 1103-1112. Epilepsy is a disorder of the brain that is characterized by recurring, unpredictable seizures. The seizures are likely due to uncontrolled electrical activity in regions of the brain, which can produce behavioral changes. When no specific cause for the seizures can be found, the disease is [...]

NERVOUS SYSTEM Link Resources

These posts offers useful links to website covering the NERVOUS SYSTEM that include auditory, nerves, spinal cord, brain, Epilepsy, etc. RVC research finds potential in ground-breaking new dietary treatment for canine epilepsy, Royal Veterinary College University of London, May 14, 2020. Funded by the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation. Learn more… Ketogenic Diet Linked to Seizure Reduction in Dogs [...]

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