School of Veterinary Medicine

A roller coaster emergency for Dobby

By the time Dobby arrived at Ryan Hospital’s Emergency Room, he was in a bad way. The two-year-old Welsh Corgi had been vomiting off and on for a few days and was straining to urinate. “He also wasn’t eating,” says owner Zhi Peng Yang, who lives in Philadelphia and rushed Dobby to Penn Vet.

Penn Today Staff

Daisy the goat kid’s harrowing ER visit

Post-birth complications for Daisy the newborn doeling were serious, but quickly assessed for a positive outcome at the New Bolton Center emergency room.

Penn Today Staff

A link between mitochondrial damage and osteoporosis

In healthy people, a tightly controlled process balances the activity of osteoblasts, which build bone, and osteoclasts, which break it down. Damage to cells’ mitochondria can make that process go awry, meaning exposure to cigarette smoke, alcohol, environmental toxins can increase the risk of osteoporosis.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Watching Sheeba’s eye

A successful surgery on an eye lesion at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital helped Sheeba, a working service dog, so she could get back to work.

Penn Today Staff

Unlocking the female bias in lupus

The majority of lupus patients are female, and new findings from Montserrat Anguera of the School of Veterinary Medicine and colleagues shed light on why. The research suggests that female lupus patients don’t fully silence their second X chromosome in T cells, leading to an immune response gone awry.

Katherine Unger Baillie

In the News


Why are dogs such terrible dads?

Carlo Siracusa of the School of Veterinary Medicine explained the differences in parenting styles between wolves and domesticated dogs. “As a general rule, male dogs don’t collaborate to the defense of the puppies,” Siracusa said. “They might collaborate to the defense of the territory around them, but because there are resources there.”


CBS Philadelphia

3 cheers: The science of the Working Dog Center

Cindy Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine discussed the Working Dog Center’s new Citizen Science Project, which allows members of the public to enroll their dogs in the Center’s scent-detection training program. “We thought, what a great collaboration: bring in dogs that have already been excited about doing nose work and see if they can’t help us answer some really important scientific questions,” she said.


Philadelphia Inquirer

A fix for back pain? Scientists test bio-synthetic discs in goats

Robert Mauck and Harvey Smith of the Perelman School of Medicine are leading a team of researchers working to develop replacement discs made from synthetic materials and living cells to replace degenerating spinal discs. Thomas P. Schaer of the School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center is in the process of testing the new material.



Do dogs get headaches?

The School of Veterinary Medicine’s Charles Vite discussed whether or not dogs can get headaches. While Vite believes dogs with brain tumors probably do suffer from headaches, he says they’re unlikely to experience random headaches like people do. “Fortunately,” he says, “hangovers are … very rare in dogs.”


The Washington Post

Be careful when using natural anti-tick treatments on dogs or cats

The School of Veterinary Medicine’s Lisa Murphy said that “all-natural does not equal safe” when it comes to anti-tick treatments. But no matter what treatment you use, Murphy recommends thoroughly checking pets for ticks on a regular basis.