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Your Dog’s Health

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.


Disease Descriptions: general overviews of canine disease including prevention, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and care.


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Disaster Preparedness for Animals with Special Health Needs May 7, 2012

Dr. Kelli Ferris, Assistant Professor at North Carolina College of Veterinary Medicine and Director of the Community-Campus Partnership, says that pet owners can take a few easy steps now to make sure the proper plans are in place should a disaster force them to quickly flee their home.

Survivin’ Canine Osteosarcoma May 4, 2012

Osteosarcoma is a particularly nasty form of cancer that affects both dogs and humans. The bone tumors it causes are extremely aggressive, frequently metastasize to other organs, and have a very high mortality rate. Even with treatment, the five year osteosarcoma survival rate in people is only 60 percent and the two year survival rate in dogs is even lower – a frightening 20 percent. New therapies for osteosarcoma are clearly needed, and so is a better way to test them

Focus on Canine Cancer Research April 1, 2012

Cancer can be a devastating diagnosis for both humans and our beloved canine companions. There are 77.5 million owned dogs in the United States and a fourth will develop cancer - including those in the bone, breast, pancreas, liver, prostate, lung, and skin.

Leonberger Loses Fight with Hemangiosarcoma But Owners Battle On April 1, 2012

One morning, Einstein, an 8 ½ year old Leonberger, failed to make his way upstairs in anticipation for his morning walk. The unfortunately diagnosis was hemangiosarcoma. Unlike some of the other canine sarcomas, hemangiosarcomas are very invasive, fast-growing tumors that often migrate to the spleen, heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, muscle, lymph nodes or skin.

Become Snake-Smart to Protect Your Dog March 1, 2012

Shy and rarely aggressive, snakes bite only when injured or sensing a threat - such as defending themselves against curious dogs. While all dogs are at risk for snake bites, field dogs are especially vulnerable as they probe holes in the ground, sniff under logs, explore riverbanks and dig up leafy patches on the forest floor

Canine Tick-Borne Disease February 27, 2012

Thousands of dogs are infected annually with dangerous tick-transmitted diseases - with the risk rising: Between 2006 and 2010, Veterinary Week reported a 30 percent increase in the rate of dogs exposed to tick-transmitted diseases. Ticks are parasites that attach themselves to dogs, feed on blood and transmit diseases directly into the dog’s system.

Oh, That Flexible Neck February 1, 2012

Part 2 in a Series on Posture: So, what are some of the reasons our dogs have trouble standing comfortably or “stacking” correctly? The upper neck, the feet, and dentition/skull shape turn out to be the biggest players in abnormal posture, because they are areas rich in nerve cells that report on the body’s relationship to gravity, especially that of the head and neck.

Overview of Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD) January 2, 2012

Intervertebral disk disease is degeneration and protrusion of the intervertebral disk that results in compression of the spinal cord, spinal nerve, and/or nerve root. It is a common cause of spinal cord disease in dogs.

Canine Dental Health Care January 1, 2012

Canine dental disease starts with unremoved plaque, a pale yellow film formed by bacteria adhering to tooth surfaces. Plaque build-up turns into tartar (calculus), an accumulation of bacteria that eats away at teeth and gums and can cause halitosis, periodontal disease, oral pain and tooth loss.

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.

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