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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.


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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Development of New Lymphoma Treatment Strategy with a Selective Inhibitor of Nuclear Export September 13, 2011

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is one of the most common tumors seen in dogs, and as is true in humans, cures for this disease are elusive. To circumvent this problem, researchers have worked diligently to establish new therapeutic strategies for lymphoma

Bone Cancer Immunotherapy Using a Genetically Modified Salmonella September 12, 2011

Salmonella is an organism that strikes fear due to its potential to cause severe gastrointestinal illness, but it is not a word many people associate with cancer therapy. Think again. Dr. Dan Saltzman of the University of Minnesota Medical School and his colleagues have taken Salmonella organisms, weakened them using genetic engineering to eliminate their disease-causing potential, and developed a new drug by adding Interleukin-2 (IL-2), a series of proteins that act as “flavors” to activate the immune system.

A Gene Therapy Clinical Trial for Dogs with Glioma September 12, 2011

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are currently conducting clinical trials to find new and better ways to treat gliomas. In the past 12 months, they have recruited 10 dogs for a gene therapy study. Preliminary data hint at improved times of progression-free as well as overall survival in dogs treated with gene therapy.

Immunotherapy for Canine Meningioma September 12, 2011

Historically, the survival time of dogs with meningiomas treated with surgery alone has been four and one-half to seven months. Systemic therapies so far have had limited effectiveness. However, based on preclinical data from our research program,we embarked on the development of anti-tumor vaccinations to treat dogs with spontaneous meningiomas after surgical removal.

Recognizing Pneumothorax is Key to Survival September 6, 2011

Recently Dr. Nancy Kay saw two cases of pneumothorax in her practice. Recognizing the condition is key to dogs recover from this condition most often caused by a trauma.

Of Dogs and Men August 29, 2011

Researchers more than ever are adhering to the concept of One Medicine put forth by the physician Rudolf Virchow (1821-1903), who wrote: "Between animal and man there is no dividing line---nor should there be. The object is different but the experience obtained constitutes the basis of all medicine."

Pilot study assesses feasibility of tissue collections and molecular profiling for personalized medicine studies August 24, 2011

Personalized medicine involves tailoring cancer treatment and prevention to the specific molecular nature of the individual and their cancer. The hope is that targeted therapies will be more effective with less risk for the patient than traditional treatments.

Gene therapy for osteosarcoma – what’s next? August 24, 2011

Animal Cancer Care and Research (ACCR) members from the University of Minnesota were key participants in a recently completed clinical trial testing a gene therapy approach to treat canine osteosarcoma.

Canine Ear Inflammation and Infection August 22, 2011

Ear problems can cause a great deal of discomfort for dogs. So let's get to the bottom of the problem to understand what you can do to help your dog.

Talking Teeth August 9, 2011

Dr. Nancy Kay give advice on keeping your dog's teeth healthy and clean.

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