Medical, Genetic and Behavioral Risk Factors of the Hound Breeds
About the Book
This book, Hound Group, provides you with a thorough description and positive attributes of this breed, including origin, purpose, history, normal heights and weights, acceptable colors, and behavioral traits. Our books differ from most books on dog breeds because this book also provides you with a comprehensive and authoritative source of all the known predisposed hereditary health syndromes for the breed. You will find extensive references for each problem described. We also provide the breed club address for this breed and a list of laboratories and organizations that can provide professional help and information. As a small animal veterinarian, I have always been intrigued by the way dogs have been bred to fill a purpose in life and is further impressed that they also tend to love performing that service. Greyhounds and other sight hounds are built for speed with aerodynamic bodies consisting of small head, deep chest, narrow waist, and large leg muscles. On the other hand, dachshunds take their name from German words meaning “badger dog.” They use their long nose, long body, and short legs to both track, enter, and dig into badger dens. After developing a practice that catered to clients with show dogs, my interest in each breed continued to grow as I studied and observed more and more about the unique predisposition and incidence of health problems in each breed. Breeders of purebred dogs for show were a challenge and inspirational for me to research and help them with their unique health problems. Historical references to hereditary problems are scattered throughout various veterinary medical texts and journals such as ophthalmology, neurology, gastroenterology, cardiovascular, and dermatology. This book, as well as the other books and articles I have written, is researched and compiled with the intention to provide both veterinarians and dog owners with comprehensive and authoritative predisposition information under the breed name. At the date of this publication, the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation and The Kennel Club of England reports over four hundred known hereditary health syndromes throughout the dog kingdom. At the writing of my first book in 1983, less than fifty hereditary issues are able to be predicted and/or diagnosed. Sequencing of the canine genome, DNA tests, metabolic testing including blood tests and urine testing plus phenotypic examinations such as radiographs, ultrasound, and CERF or OFA eye registry exams by a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist have advanced the science of breed-related health and behavioral problems. This book will provide veterinarians, researchers, pet owners, and breeders with a comprehensive guide to all the known problems veterinarians and dog owners should consider during pet selection and throughout each life stage of our canine friends.
About the Author
Ross D. Clark, DVM, is the founder of Woodland PetCare Centers and a co-founder of National PetCare Centers. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1963 from Kansas State University. He was Practice Management Editor for Veterinary Economics Magazine from 1982 until 2015. He served as president of the Tulsa County Veterinary Medical Association, the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association and also as President of the Western Veterinary Conference, the World’s largest continuing education conference for veterinarians. American Animal Hospital Association named him Outstanding Practitioner for the Western Region in 1987 and National Merit Award Winner in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1991. Veterinary Partners, Incorporated, an organization of veterinarians, lawyers and accountants that do practice management consulting, recognized Dr. Clark with their prestigious Pioneer Award at the Western Veterinary Conference in 2004. He served 2 terms as President of Kansas State University Veterinary Medical Alumni Association from 1990 to 1992 and Kansas State University named him an “Alumni Fellow” in February of 2003. Over the past 50 years, Dr. Clark and his partners have cared for show dogs from most states in the USA plus show dogs from Canada, Mexico and Spain. He is the author of numerous books including, “Medical, Genetic, and Behavioral Aspects of Purebred Cats” and the co-author of the first and second edition of “Medical and Genetic Aspects of Purebred Dogs.” He is also author of 4 management books: first, a practice management manual; second, “The Best of Ross Clark”; third, “Mastering the Marketplace—Taking Your Practice to the Top”; and his latest book “Open Book Management for Veterinary Hospital Teams.” He has toured throughout the world as a practice management lecturer and consultant. In addition, Dr. Clark has been a Veterinary Economics “Hospital of the Year” Judge for over 28 years. Dr. Clark is currently owner and/or managing partner of 3 small animal practices and 2 pet resorts in Oklahoma. In 2016, Dr. Clark was awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards by Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Competition and the Kraft Oklahoma Alliance for Animals Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award for dedication to improving The Lives of Companion Animals. Dr. Clark and his team have been doing Veterinary practice management consultation, seminars and appraisals since 1981. Ross is married to Linda Clark and they have 2 children, twins Kent and Kimberly Clark.