For Your Dog’s Health

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."


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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Hypertension in Dogs March 10, 2014

You've probably had a friend, a close relative or you may even have been told you had hypertension. However, you might not realize that dogs can also be diagnosed with hypertension.

Finding Better Options for Joint Repair with Regenerative Medicine February 14, 2014

One of the most common injuries of the stifle is rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL). Surgery can repair the ligament, but it does not necessarily help restore other damaged joint tissues. Fortunately, the emerging field of regenerative medicine gives hope that it might be possible to generate such replacement tissues in the lab.

The Big (and Small) Six February 12, 2014

Recently researchers determined that approximately half of the weight differences seen across dog breeds can be explained by variations in and around only six genes. Studies such as this one can provide insight into some of the size differences seen in humans as well as growth-related health concerns in dogs and humans.

Investigating Influenza February 10, 2014

In the middle of winter, it sometimes seems like everyone is down with the flu. However, humans aren’t the only species that can suffer from influenza. Dogs can get it too, and a few years back a novel strain of influenza began showing up in the canine population. With the support of the AKC Canine Health Foundation researchers set out to track the virus across the United States.

CHF: Working to Find the Cause of Bloat in Dogs February 3, 2014

Gastric dilatation – volvulus, or bloat, is a devastating condition that can develop in any dog, although it is particularly common in large-breed and deep-chested dogs.

Using Technology to Track Disease January 13, 2014

Leptospirosis, which is caused by a waterborne parasite, can infect both dogs and humans. Without effective treatment, it can cause serious kidney and liver damage. It can even lead to death. Researchers from the University of California-Davis have been investigating the spread of leptospirosis using specialized mapping programs.

New Treatment Goes After Notoriously Tough Cancer Stem Cells November 25, 2013

Canine hemangiosarcoma is relatively common in companion animals. It is also relatively difficult to treat, as they quickly become resistant to conventional forms of therapy. Scientists from the University of Minnesota wondered if targeted toxins might be an effective way of addressing cancers. The results were quite promising.

Meet Me in St. Louis - at the AKC Canine Health Foundation Conference November 25, 2013

Author Caroline Coile provides a review of the presentations from the 2013 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

Canine Eye Health November 8, 2013

A variety of eye diseases are common among dogs, and many lead to discomfort and vision impairment or loss. Proper eye care and recognition of symptoms are important to maintain your dog's overall eye health.

Customizing Canine Care - Updates Presented at the 2013 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference November 5, 2013

Success stories in recent canine health research embrace an individual, or customized, approach to treating disease. Adult stem cells and platelet-rich plasma provide the rich healing properties needed for soft-tissue injuries, and gene expression profiling is leading us to the day when cancer treatment can be targeted to individuals.

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