For Your Dog’s Health

Disease information, health articles and dog care information.

woman with dalmatianWe 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 AKC Canine Health Foundation does not have a veterinarian on staff, and this information cannot substitute for the advice of your veterinarian.


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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Tick Borne-Disease Initiative January 1, 2017

Learn more about CHF's tick borne-disease initiative.

Tick-Borne Disease Initiative Grants September 16, 2016

Learn more about the grants awarded through the AKC Canine Health Foundation's Tick-Borne Disease Initiative.

Hyposensitizing Dogs to Atopic Dermatitis July 26, 2016

Up to 10 percent of dogs are affected by atopic dermatitis, a chronic inflammatory skin disease caused by an inappropriate immune reaction to environmental allergens that are mainly absorbed through the skin, orally or from breathing.

Cracking the code to successfully manage the environmental allergens that ailed “Henry,” a gentle, loving chocolate Labrador Retriever, turned into a strategic operation against a plethora of pollens, molds, dust mites, and dander to which he was sensitized.

Collaboration Advances Canine Reproductive Health May 19, 2016

The American Kennel Club, the AKC Canine Health Foundation and the Theriogenology Foundation have teamed up to support training the next generation in the field of small animal theriogenology.

Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion in Dogs May 10, 2016

Learn more about hyperthermia and heat stoke in dogs and how to keep your four-legged friends safe.

Fighting Tick-Borne Diseases in Dogs April 13, 2016

Help support the AKC Canine Health Foundation's Tick-Borne Disease Initiative.

Tick Talk March 14, 2016

Learn more about tick-borne disease in this infographic.

Fundraising for Research of Tick-Borne Diseases in Dogs Gets Boost from AKC March 14, 2016

Learn more about tick-borne diseases and what's being done to help us better understand how to protect our dogs.

Reducing the Risk of Dog Flu January 19, 2016

Learn more about canine influenza, or dog flu, and how you can keep your dog protected.

Assembling a Simple, 20-Piece Canine First Aid Kit May 29, 2015

Accidents happen. Having a canine first aid kit will enable you to respond to and treat common canine injuries and ailments.

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