For Your Dog’s Health

Disease information, health articles and dog care information.

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 information contained here cannot substitute for the advice of your veterinarian.


Watch the presentation "AKC Canine Health Foundation - Investing in a Healthy Future for All Dogs: Bringing Scientists, Veterinarians, and Dog Lovers Together," given by CHF CEO Dr. Diane Brown at VMX on January 22, 2019 as part of the OFA-sponsored lecture series "The OFA Toolset to Minimize Hereditary Disease."


Caring for Your Dog: information about dog training, safety, healthy weight, pet loss and much more. 


Dog Health Articles: the articles below contain more detailed information on canine health issues. They can be filtered by research area.

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Exploring How Spay/Neuter Impacts Long-Term Health in Dogs June 1, 2020

Studying how spay/neuter and the loss of gonadal hormones may produce these adverse health effects will help veterinarians and dog owners make more informed and personalized decisions regarding if or when to spay/neuter a dog. Understanding the mechanisms of disease production may also provide opportunities to manage or prevent these adverse health effects.

Exploring the Genetics of Canine Hereditary Deafness May 22, 2020

Thanks to the dedication and support of several breed clubs and foundations, the AKC Canine Health Foundation has provided funding to study hereditary deafness in dogs.

A Clinical Trial of Medium-Chain Triglyceride Oil for the Treatment of Canine Epilepsy May 6, 2020

Researchers at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London are studying whether supplementation with one component of a ketogenic diet, medium-chain triglycerides, can reduce seizure frequency in dogs.

Coronavirus - Information for Dog Owners May 6, 2020

Coronavirus infection information for dog owners.

Canine Blood Donation May 1, 2020

An overview of canine blood donor programs and CHF-funded research on canine blood disorders.

Small Animal Reproductive Medicine Thrives Thanks to Collaboration Between the American Kennel Club, AKC Canine Health Foundation, Theriogenology Foundation and Auburn University May 1, 2020

A description of the AKC/AKCCHF/TF Small Animal Theriogenology Residency Program and its success at Auburn University

Xylitol - Information for Dog Owners March 13, 2020

Information on xylitol, a sugar substitue that is poisonous to dogs.

AKC Canine Health Foundation Funded Research Helps Labrador Retriever Breeders Manage a Devastating Disease February 21, 2020

Thanks to dedicated breeders like Dr. Fran Smith and research supported by the AKC Canine Health Foundation, Labrador Retriever breeders, owners, and veterinarians now have a better understanding of exercise-induced collapse and tools to manage it.

The Role of Aging and the Immune System in Canine Degenerative Myelopathy February 18, 2020

CHF-funded researchers concluded that priming of central nervous system immune cells, advancing age, and a mutation in the gene that codes for superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) are all risk factors for development of clinical signs of canine DM.

Diet-Related Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs January 15, 2020

Several research studies are underway to explore factors influencing the apparent increase in incidence of diet-related dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs, including a multi-institutional, prospective study supported by the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF).

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