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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 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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Recent surveys suggest that 25 to 40 percent of dogs visiting veterinary clinics are overweight or even obese. This article provides healthy diet advice for overweight dogs.
The most recent AKC Canine Health Foundation grant to benefit sporting dogs investigates “mean seeds” and the role they play in grass awn migration disease. In the sporting dog world, there is a perception among owners that there has been a dramatic escalation in the incidence of grass awn migration disease in the last 20 years.
Approval of a grant request submitted by Professor William K. Lauenroth of the University of Wyoming for a study entitled “Assessment of CRP Plantings of Grasses with Barbed Seeds” constitutes a major step forward in addressing the escalation in recent years of illnesses (and sometimes fatalities) in dogs, generally viewed as attributable to infections resulting from barbed grass awns.
The Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) can best be described as the factory floor of the immune system. An autoimmune disease is basically a condition where something “goes haywire” with the codes produced by the MHC, and the body basically turns on itself.
How to recognize and handle canine aggression.
Canine Compulsive Disorder can be perplexing and frustrating for dog owners, but with some effort the behaviors can be prevented or treated.
Noise phobia is an excessive fear of a sound that results in the dog attempting to avoid or escape from the sound. There are ways you can ease your dogs fear and treat the condition.
Canine behavior and physical characteristics are endlessly fascinating for those who breed, show or trial dogs, but discoveries based on genetic research in individual breeds may ultimately have spin-off benefits for not only other dogs but their fellow mammals, too, including us humans.
Genetic tests can uncover problems before they arise, or prevent them altogether. They are of great importance to breeders and to pet owners alike.
Information about the steps you can take to make sure your new dog is healthy.
Participate in canine health research by providing samples or by enrolling in a clinical trial. Samples are needed from healthy dogs and dogs affected by specific diseases.
Search our research portfolio to see what research we are funding on a particular disease.
When you make a memorial donation we will post a photo of your dog to our Celebration Wall gallery.
Why do you support canine health research? What motivates you in the fight against canine disease? We want to hear from you.