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The AKC Canine Health Foundation Library is a comprehensive list of all the canine health articles available on this website. You can search for an article by research area or breed. The information is divided into four sections:

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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).

Hope for Diagnosing and Treating Histiocytic Malignancies in Dogs January 6, 2020

Learn about research on this rare but devastating cancer in dogs and humans.

Summary of Canine Health Bytes Webinar: “Canine Degenerative Myelopathy: From Gene Mutation Discovery to Clinical Trials” November 20, 2019

A brief summary of the Canine Health Bytes webinar on canine degenerative myelopathy, presented by Dr. Joan Coates in October 2019.

Research to Improve Working Dog Success November 15, 2019

With research supported by the AKC Canine Health Foundation and its donors, investigators are exploring the temperamental traits and cognitive skills that determine a successful working dog.

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Canine Health Resources Available for Download (PDF)

Chagas Disease Information for Dog Owners January 11, 2018

Important information for dog owners about Chagas Disease created by Michelle Evason and Jason Stull.

Canine Influenza December 10, 2017

Important information for dog owners about canine influenza created by Michelle Evason and Jason Stull.

Genetic Causes of Glaucoma in Cocker Spaniels November 1, 2017

Fall 2017 issue of the Cocker Spaniel Update, courtesy of Purina Pro Plan

Boxers with Degenerative Myelopathy November 1, 2017

Fall 2017 issue of the Boxer Update, courtesy of Purina Pro Plan

Prompt Treatment for Blastomycosis in Dogs April 4, 2017

Learn about Blastomycosis, which is caused by a fungal mold.

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Success Stories

Racing Towards Answers – Scientists Look For A Better Understanding of Sled Dog Health December 1, 2010

This article describes what we have learned from research on sled dogs. We now have a better understanding of the unique concerns affecting the health of these dogs.

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.

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Discoveries

The award-winning print newsletter of the  AKC Canine Health Foundation. Providing in-depth information on canine health research and education.

Discoveries Issue 27 September 1, 2008

Article topics include growing smart puppies, the genetic test for Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS), and more.

Discoveries Issue 26 June 1, 2008

Article topics include parvovirus, the things dogs will eat, the genetic test for Degenerative Myelopathy and more.

Discoveries Issue 25 March 1, 2008

Article topics include determining the best age to spay or neuter, aspergillosis in dogs, the AKC Guide to Responsible Dog Ownership and more.

Discoveries Issue 24 December 1, 2007

Article topics include Canine Pulmonary Fibrosis, Hemangiosarcoma, the genetic test for Primary Hyperparathyroidism in the Keeshond and more.

Discoveries Issue 22 February 1, 2007

Article topics include the discovery of the gene for Familial Nephropathy in English Cocker Spaniels, the genetic test for Fucosidosis in the English Springer Spaniel, disaster preparedness and more.

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