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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Regenerative Medicine for Canine Cartilage Disorders June 3, 2019

Regenerative medicine uses the body’s own cells and proteins to promote healing and may be used to treat tendon and ligament injuries, spinal conditions, and osteoarthritis in dogs.

Researching the Cause of Gallbladder Mucocele in Dogs June 1, 2019

Gallbladder mucocele formation in dogs is an emerging and deadly disease. CHF and its donors remain committed to finding answers about this disease to inform better treatment and prevention strategies.

The Continued Threat of Leptospirosis May 17, 2019

Protect your family and dogs by staying informed about leptospirosis risks, symptoms, and research.

Canine Epigenetics and Aging May 1, 2019

Mapping of the human and canine genomes and continued advancements in genetic technology provide new areas of exploration into how we age and our susceptibility to diseases as we get older.

Exploring the Landscape of Immunotherapy for Canine Osteosarcoma April 15, 2019

AKC Canine Health Foundation funded researchers at the University of California, Davis are working to improve the statistics for dogs with osteosarcoma through the exploration of immunotherapy.

Hair Coat Disorder in Schipperkes Resembles Alopecia X April 1, 2019

Researchers describe the clinical, histopathological (microscopic), and laboratory characteristics of a hair coat disorder in Schipperkes that resembles Alopecia X.

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).

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