Histopathologic Survey of 2,500 German Shepherd Military Working Dogs
ARMED FORCES INST OF PATHOLOGY WASHINGTON DC
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Histopathologic examinations of specimens from 2,500 military working dogs were done. The gross necropsies were performed at U.S. military installations throughout the world. Approximately two-thirds 1,646 of the dogs were euthanatized for medical and non-medical reasons. The remaining third died of naturally occurring disease or injuries a specific cause of death was identified in approximately half of those. The leading causes of death were ehrlichiosis, neoplasms, dirofilariasis, and physical events such as injuries or heat in addition, lesions without demonstrable etiologic agents were sufficiently extensive to cause clinical signs and probably contributed to the death or destruction of the dog. Of 131 surgical biopsy specimens submitted, 93 were neoplasms.
- Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine