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Health Related Articles & Programs

Often times the Foundation or regional Cairn Terrier clubs sponsor informative programs on Cairn health. We are more than happy to publicize these events, podcasts and webinars.

Additionally, we either run across or author articles that we feel are important to the health of your dog. Those articles are published on this page under Research Related Articles.

Dog Aging Project

Spring 2021


The Foundation of the CTCA Joins an Innovative Canine Health Research Initiative the Dog Aging Project

Your help requested to learn more about a track of research specifically for Cairn Terriers in the largest canine health study in the world to date. Read More >

Dog Aging Project
Research Related Articles
Research Related Articles 

February 28, 2020

The New Coronavirus and Companion Animals

It's impossible to listen to the news these days without hearing stories related to coronavirus. This article from the World Small Animal Veterinary Association is very informative as it relates to our dogs. It answers many questions that you may have. Read More >

September 2019

Updated Information on CMO

Since the original article, written by Leslie Stewart, was posted information on CMO, new information on its ability to be inherited has come to light. To access the updated information in an article by Dr. Casey Knox, DVM, HonBS of Wisdom Health, Read More >

February 2019

Congenital Heart Disease in Puppies

JoAnn Helms DVM

Cardiac Coordinator, Health & Wellness Committee

Foundation of the Cairn Terrier Club of America

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June 11, 2018

Why You Should Test for CMO in Breeding Cairns

How do you really know if you have CMO in your kennel? Do you know the symptoms? Do you know the age CMO shows up in Cairns? Did you know that you can have an asymptomatic Cairn that is affected by CMO? And more importantly, if that asymptomatic Cairn is bred, it can pass on the disease to its offspring. There is much misconception about CMO and many breeders think they have accurate information about this inherited disease, but don’t. There is now an inexpensive, accurate, easy cheek swab test available that takes the mystery out of knowing if you have this potentially fatal condition in your breeding dogs. Find out more about CMO, what to look for, where to obtain the test and read the heartbreaking true story of one pup’s battle with CMO: Read More >


Help! My Dog was Diagnosed with a Liver Problem!

Dr. Karen Tobias is a Professor of Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery and board-certified surgeon at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Tobias has published over 100 scientific articles and book chapters and is known nationally and internationally for her work on portosystemic shunts in dogs. Read More >

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More Informative Programs Coming Soon

There are no informative programs currently scheduled. Please check back for upcoming programs posted here.

April 4, 2017

Canine Heart Health


Columbia River Cairn Terrier Club

West Linn, Oregon

Dr. Kathyryn Atkinson, DVM, DACVIM

Heart of Oregon Veterinary Cardiology

Please contact the Columbia River Cairn Terrier Club for additional information.

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