Sporting Dog Health



The health of a dog impacts his performance in the field. From his athletic abilities to his mental well-being -- a healthy dog means he's giving you everything he's got.

Learn more about keeping your dog at the top of his game with these free health resources.

Seasonal Concerns

Hyperthermia -- Fast Facts about heat injury, how to keep your dogs safe and what to do if you suspect your dog is suffering from hyperthermia. Or download our interview with Dr. Dana A. Vamvakias, DVM, CCRT, cVMA, Chief Veterinarian at K2 Solutions.

Tick-Borne Disease -- Learn more about the prevalence of tick-borne disease in your area, methods for prevention of disease transmission, and treatment options if your dog were to become infected in this article.

Articles and Key Health Concerns

Bloat -- Gastric dilatation, commonly known as bloat, is a rapidly progressing and devastating condition that can develop in several different breeds of dogs. The condition is initiated when the stomach dilates and food and gas cannot be expelled. Learn about the research grant CHF has approved to understand the underlying causes of this devastating condition and watch our webinar, "Bloat: What Every Dog Owner Needs to Know."

Cancer -- All dogs, whether mixed breed or purebred, are at risk for developing cancer. CHF is committed to approving research to find better treatments for our dogs. Learn about our canine cancer research portfolio, listen to informative podcasts on canine cancer, and read about the exciting strides being made in the field of cancer research that may not only benefit our dogs, but human medicine as well.

Epilepsy -- Epilepsy is a general term for neurological conditions that cause seizures. It is among the most common neurological disorders in dogs. Any breed of dog and mixed-breeds can be affected by epilepsy. Learn about the research grants CHF has approved to help better understand this disease, read our Epilepsy whitepaper, "Understanding Canine Epilepsy," and more.  

Exercise induced collapse -- Learn more about this health issue and how CHF-supported research is continuing to look at the underlying mechanisms that cause this condition.

Field Awareness -- Learn about the potential dangers your dog faces in the field and what you can do to keep him safe.

First Aid Kit for Dogs -- By having the basics on hand, minor injuries can be addressed in the field.

Grass Awn Migration Disease -- Learn what CHF is doing to keep your dog safe in the field. Listen to a research update podcast or read the transcript.

Tick-Borne Disease -- Learn about major tick-borne diseases transmitted to dogs in the United States and listen to podcasts on the research being done to keep our dogs safe.  


Hunting Dog Health Concerns and Staying Safe in the Great Outdoors with Dr. Joe Spoo

Conditioning for the Canine Athlete with Dr. Joe Spoo

Pain Management with Dr. Steve Budsberg

The AKC Canine Health Foundation

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is leading the way to help all dogs be at the top of their game. Learn more about our commitment to the health and well-being of sporting dogs.

AKC Canine Health Foundation donors have:

  • Funded the research that led to the test for Exercise induced collapse (EIC).
  • Supported two grants that aim to understand the underlying causes and predispositions of bloat to prevent this devastating condition.
  • Contributed to research that will help to better prevent transmission of tick-borne disease.

Help Future Generations of Dogs

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.

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