General Canine Health & Obesity Research Program Area

Through the General Canine Health Research Program Area the AKC Canine Health Foundation will support basic and clinical research into those diseases not covered by specific research program areas.

Special topics of interest within the General Canine Health Research Program include, but are not limited to:

  • Periodontal and other Dental Disease 
  • Deafness 
  • Otitis Externa 
  • Obesity

Within the realm of the General Canine Health Research Program Area is obesity. Obese dogs are thought to be predisposed to a plethora of health disorders, including orthopedic disease, diabetes, cardiopulmonary disease, urinary disorders, reproductive disorders, cancer and dermatological diseases. The obvious therapeutic options for obesity in dogs include dietary management and increasing physical activity. However; the CHF recognizes the complex interplay of behavioral, genetic and environmental factors that play a role in susceptibility to obesity. Given these parameters, the General Canine Health Research Program Area supports a broad spectrum of obesity-related research, including molecular, genetic, behavioral, environmental, clinical, and epidemiologic studies.

Special topics of interest within obesity research include, but are not limited to:

  • Basic science discovery that will define the fundamental biological processes (metabolism and fat deposition) that regulate body weight in the dog 
  • Understanding the behavioral factors that contribute to obesity 
  • Interventions for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight in dogs 
  • Strategies for obesity prevention

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