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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.


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Investigating Dietary Supplements for the Treatment of Canine Idiopathic Epilepsy March 15, 2019

Researchers at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London explored owner use of dietary supplements in dogs with idiopathic epilepsy.

Steroid Responsive Meningitis-Arteritis in North American Dogs March 1, 2019

Steroid responsive meningitis-arteritis (SRMA) is a common inflammatory disease of the central nervous system in young dogs. Owners and researchers are collaborating with the AKC Canine Health Foundation to learn more about the disease in North American dogs.

Non-Invasive Diagnosis of Pulmonary Hypertension in Dogs February 27, 2019

With funding from CHF Grant 01982, researchers at the University of California, Davis examined the diagnostic value of quantitative indirect echocardiographic indices of pulmonary hypertension to predict pulmonary artery pressure in dogs.

An Update on the Health Effects of Spay/Neuter in Dogs February 20, 2019

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) and its donors have invested in research to explore the effects that neutering can have on dogs’ health. Evidence-based, breed-specific information is needed so that caregivers can make the best decisions for the long-term health of their dog(s).

AKC Canine Health Foundation Educational Grants Benefit the Dog Breeding Community January 31, 2019

Read about the success of one AKC/AKC CHF/TF Theriogenology Residency Program graduate in her career as a canine reproductive specialist.

Developing More Accurate Tests for the Diagnosis of Canine Hypothyroidism December 21, 2018

CHF-funded researchers investigate new and more accurate methods to diagnose canine hypothyroidism.

Breeding Soundness Examination of the Bitch November 15, 2018

Summary of an article written by AKC/AKC Canine Health Foundation/Theriogenology Foundation Theriogenology Residency recipient Dr. Carla Barstow on breeding soundness examination of the bitch.

Update on the AKC Canine Health Foundation Epilepsy Initiative October 15, 2018

Read the latest on CHF epilepsy research.

Understanding the Role of E. coli Biofilm in Canine Pyometra September 19, 2018

Read about this pilot study which confirms the ability of E. coli to create biofilm in canine pyometra.

Canine Leptospirosis – On the Rise? December 19, 2017

Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease; in both dogs and humans, leptospirosis can cause severe kidney or liver failure, meningitis, difficulty breathing, and in some cases, lead to death.

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