Canine Cancer


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During Canine Cancer Awareness Month (May), all donations in support of CHF-funded cancer research will be matched up to $20,000 thanks to the generosity of the Alaskan Malamute Club of America and the Irish Setter Club of Milwaukee. Give now and help us fight canine cancer!

AKC Canine Health Foundation Canine Cancer Research

Since 1995, CHF and its donors have funded over $18.1 million in canine cancer research. These 271 research grants have helped scientists study cancer at the cellular level, providing breakthroughs that allow veterinarians to diagnose cancer earlier and treat it more effectively. CHF-funded research also has a One Health impact, extending beyond dogs with an application to human cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Canine cancer research is a major concern of dog owners and veterinary professionals. Typically, about one quarter of CHF’s grant funding concerns various types of canine cancers.

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Canine Cancer Articles 

Ripples in the Water - Chlorination and Cancer Risk in Dogs May 15, 2024

Owners of dog breeds at high risk for bladder cancer should limit their dog’s access to chlorinated swimming pools and install water filtration units to remove chlorination byproducts from the dog’s drinking water.

Chlorination Byproduct Exposure and Bladder Cancer Risk May 13, 2024

Owners of dog breeds at high risk for bladder cancer should limit their dog’s access to chlorinated swimming pools and install water filtration units to remove chlorination byproducts from the dog’s drinking water.

AKC Canine Health Foundation Marks Canine Cancer Awareness Month with $3.6 Million Invested in Active Cancer Research May 7, 2024

CHF marks Canine Cancer Awareness Month in May to highlight the impact of its funded canine cancer research. The Foundation’s active cancer research portfolio represents a substantial $3.6 million investment, underscoring CHF’s commitment to the fight against this devastating disease.

New Treatment Strategies for Canine Mammary Tumors October 16, 2023

Updated October 2023 - New imaging techniques and a better understanding of the tumor microenvironment show promise to improve outcomes for dogs with mammary cancer.

Rhodesian Ridgeback Lovers Back AKC Canine Health Foundation Funded Cancer Research May 10, 2023

AKC Parent Clubs like the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States and their members are valued partners of the AKC Canine Health Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the health of all dogs.

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What Factors Influence Client Decision-Making and Clinical Outcomes for Dogs with Non-Traumatic Hemoabdomen? April 11, 2024

Standardization of the challenging discussions for dogs with non-traumatic hemoabdomen to include treatment options and potential outcomes can effectively and efficiently guide the treatment of patients with this common presentation.

Cancer Attributable to Infection? June 8, 2022

What we know about the genus Bartonella and its role in the development of hemangiosarcoma in dogs

Effie's Tale July 1, 2021

Learn how one owner’s tragic loss of her dog to a killer cancer fueled her passion to help fund research into early detection—and hopefully, a cure.

A Fighting Chance Against Hemangiosarcoma May 26, 2021

A profile of Chesapeake Bay Retriever "Ruger" and his participation in a CHF-funded clinical trial.

AKC Canine Health Foundation Celebrates Matched Donations for Hemangiosarcoma Research November 24, 2020

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) celebrates overwhelming support for its Hemangiosarcoma Research Initiative with donations matched by the American German Shepherd Dog Charitable Foundation (AGSDCF).

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Resources Available for Download

Rottweiler Update - Spring 2021 - Hemangiosarcoma Research February 26, 2021

Purina ProPlan Rottweiler Update (Spring 2021) - Rottweilers may benefit from hemangiosarcoma research.

Golden Retriever Update - Summer 2020 - Hemangiosarcoma & Bartonella June 8, 2020

Purina ProPlan Golden Retriever Update (Summer 2020) - The Link Between Hemangiosarcoma & Bartonella: Vector-Borne Illness May Contribute to Cancer


Cancer Attributable to Infection?
Original air date: June 8, 2022
Speaker: Edward B. Breitschwerdt, DVM, DACVIM

May 2022 Canine Cancer Webinar Series
Available on a pay per view basis through the AKC Canine College.
Predicting Lymphoma in Dogs, Presented by Dr. Daniel Promislow
Luteinizing Hormone Receptor Activation in Lymphoma and Hemangiosarcoma, Presented by Dr. Michelle Kutzler
Toward Curative Outcomes in Canine Hemangiosarcoma, Presented by Dr. Chand Khanna
LIVE Panel Q&A Session, Presented by Drs. Promislow, Kutzler, and Khanna

A Novel Non-Surgical Option to Preserve Limbs in Canine Osteosarcoma
Original air date: May 25, 2021
Speaker: Joanne Tuohy, DVM, PhD, DACVS


Tracie Hotchner Pets podcast spoke with CHF Board Chairman, Dr. Charles Garvin, about CHF-funded grants studying innovative new ways to detect and treat cancer.

The Dog Cancer Answers podcast spoke with AKC Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Jerry Klein about How to Choose a Dog Breeder. Listen for ways to increase the odds of having a healthy puppy, including the importance of AKC Canine Health Foundation funded research.

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