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.


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What is Posture and Why Should We Care about it? December 9, 2011

In all animals the ability to stand quietly at rest is critically important for health and soundness. Many dog owners don’t realize that the reason their dogs flop down on the ground as soon as they come to rest may be that they have postural problems that make it uncomfortable or tiring to stand up for very long.

Dehydration and Overheating in Dogs December 6, 2011

Potentially serious if left untreated, dehydration and overheating can be prevented by recognizing early warning signs. While field dogs are especially vulnerable, these conditions can impact all dogs.

How to Handle a Seizure in Your Dog November 22, 2011

A seizure is an abnormal, uncontrolled burst of electrical activity in the brain. Seizures can look like almost anything from a twitch to uncontrollable shaking and last less than a minute.

Canine Blood Donation November 18, 2011

As a result of advancements in veterinary medicine, the demand for canine blood transfusions has increased sharply. As such, canine blood donation has become more imperative and topical than ever.

Why Pets Pee October 28, 2011

People often take their pet’s normal house training habits for granted once good patterns have been successfully established. Any alteration typically provides sufficient impetus for better appreciating the complicated nature of urinary tract health.

Laser Therapy for Dogs October 19, 2011

Often called low-level laser therapy, cold laser therapy or Class IV laser therapy, by any name, is still a relatively new concept that is being used more recently to treat dogs with arthritis, tendon or soft tissue injuries and to promote wound healing.

Canine Obesity October 19, 2011

Obesity is the number one nutritional disease affecting our pets. As Americans have packed on the pounds, so have the canine and feline companions with whom we share our homes and, occasionally, our meals. Obesity is also the number one disease Dr. Patrick Mahaney diagnoses in dogs and cats in his clinical practice.

Blastomycosis - Bruiser's Silent Killer October 1, 2011

Bruiser was a six-year-old Miniature Pinscher who enjoyed the outdoors but unexpectantly passed away due to respiratory failure shortly after a hiking trip. He died from a disease known as Blastomycosis which is caused by a serious systemic fungal organism that hid in his system for two weeks before showing any physical symptoms of illness.

Preventing Torsion When Bloating with Prophylactic Gastropexy September 26, 2011

If your dog is prone to a digestive disorder that surfaces suddenly and can kill quickly, there’s good news: Veterinarians are increasingly recommending a preventative procedure for this life-threatening medical condition known as gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV).

Managing Canine Arthritis September 19, 2011

If your dog experiences difficulty getting up, tires easily or seems stiff, arthritis may be the culprit. The most common type of canine arthritis is degenerative joint disease, or osteoarthritis, affecting one out of five adult dogs in the United Sates, the Arthritis Foundation recently reported.

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