For Your Dog’s Health

Disease information, health articles and dog care information.

We know that your dog's health is important to you. The information here will be helpful whether your dog is healthy or affected by a disease.  Please remember that the information contained here cannot substitute for the advice of your veterinarian.


Watch the presentation "AKC Canine Health Foundation - Investing in a Healthy Future for All Dogs: Bringing Scientists, Veterinarians, and Dog Lovers Together," given by CHF CEO Dr. Diane Brown at VMX on January 22, 2019 as part of the OFA-sponsored lecture series "The OFA Toolset to Minimize Hereditary Disease."


Caring for Your Dog: information about dog training, safety, healthy weight, pet loss and much more. 


Dog Health Articles: the articles below contain more detailed information on canine health issues. They can be filtered by research area.

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Xylitol - Information for Dog Owners March 13, 2020

Information on xylitol, a sugar substitue that is poisonous to dogs.

AKC Canine Health Foundation Funded Research Helps Labrador Retriever Breeders Manage a Devastating Disease February 21, 2020

Thanks to dedicated breeders like Dr. Fran Smith and research supported by the AKC Canine Health Foundation, Labrador Retriever breeders, owners, and veterinarians now have a better understanding of exercise-induced collapse and tools to manage it.

The Role of Aging and the Immune System in Canine Degenerative Myelopathy February 18, 2020

CHF-funded researchers concluded that priming of central nervous system immune cells, advancing age, and a mutation in the gene that codes for superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) are all risk factors for development of clinical signs of canine DM.

Coronavirus - Information for Dog Owners February 6, 2020

Coronavirus infection information for dog owners.

Diet-Related Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs January 15, 2020

Several research studies are underway to explore factors influencing the apparent increase in incidence of diet-related dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs, including a multi-institutional, prospective study supported by the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF).

Hope for Diagnosing and Treating Histiocytic Malignancies in Dogs January 6, 2020

Learn about research on this rare but devastating cancer in dogs and humans.

Summary of Canine Health Bytes Webinar: “Canine Degenerative Myelopathy: From Gene Mutation Discovery to Clinical Trials” November 20, 2019

A brief summary of the Canine Health Bytes webinar on canine degenerative myelopathy, presented by Dr. Joan Coates in October 2019.

Research to Improve Working Dog Success November 15, 2019

With research supported by the AKC Canine Health Foundation and its donors, investigators are exploring the temperamental traits and cognitive skills that determine a successful working dog.

Personalized Medicine for Dogs September 15, 2019

The field of personalized medicine is flourishing in human and veterinary healthcare and the AKC Canine Health Foundation and its donors are funding research to advance the health of all dogs, on a personal level.

An Update on Canine Leptospirosis September 4, 2019

The latest CHF-funded epidemiologic data on canine leptospirosis in North America is presented.

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