Impact Stories

Girl with Husky PuppyIn science, progress is measured in small steps along the way to major discoveries.  By consistently funding the most innovative research, the AKC Canine Health Foundation is realizing both small milestones and major breakthroughs in canine health.  Your support helps us progress towards our goal to prevent, treat and cure canine disease. 

Rottweiler "Punch" Helps Advance Osteosarcoma Research September 15, 2010

Faith Bult knows osteosarcoma will eventually claim her Rottweiler Punch’s life, but she hopes contributing to research by donating samples of Punch’s blood and DNA will help future generations of dogs diagnosed with this disease.

Personalizing Cancer September 4, 2010

With a $12,000, start-up grant from the AKC Canine Health Foundation, researchers at Van Andel Research Institute soon identified regions of DNA associated with hemangiosarcoma in Clumber Spaniels. Little did they know that their project would become part of a larger effort involving academic, industry and government organizations and that it would result in a revolutionary move to provide better cancer treatment not only for dogs but for people, too.

Monitoring the Health of Canine Heroes August 30, 2010

In response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, some 300 search-and-recue dogs were deployed to the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Since October 2001, Cynthia Otto, an associate professor of critical care at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary medicine, has been tracking the health of those dogs.

Transitional Cell Carcinoma: Once Considered Incurable, Now Highly Treatable August 2, 2010

In many respects, Frankie was a lucky dog. Just a few years ago Frankie’s diagnosis of transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) would have been a death sentence. Fortunately for Frankie and other dogs, times are changing. The past decade has seen great progress in managing TCC.

Getting a Leg Up on Cruciate Ligament Rupture July 21, 2010

This is the story of how Dr. Peter Muir at the University of Wisconsin is working to improve treatment options for cruciate ligament rupture and how a Golden Retriever named Morgan helped the cause.

Groundbreaking discovery leads to genetic test for EIC in Labrador retrievers May 20, 2010

This article is about the discovery of the gene for Exercise Induced Collapse and the resulting genetic test.

Research in Dogs Results in Treatment for Blindness in Humans December 4, 2009

This article is about the treatment for Leber's congenital amaurosis, a disease that causes blindness in humans, that resulted from research done on congenital stationary nightblindness in Briards.

New Pathogenic Role for an Old Virus October 23, 2009

A link between ocular disease and canine herpes virus was established in 2006. The discovery of the new clinical effects of canine herpes virus is changing not only treatment for the virus but also leading to future research of the decades-old virus.

Advances in Canine Cardiac Research October 23, 2009

Advancements in the development of genetic tests and new treatments are making great strides to help dogs that suffer from heart disease. These advancements were presented at the 2009 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference.

Gene for Merle Color Pattern Discovered March 29, 2006

Researchers at Texas A&M University have recently published an article describing their identification of the genetic mutation that causes merle coat color patterning in several breeds. The merle coat color is also associated with several health concerns including deafness.

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