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Gallbladder Mucocele Formation is Associated with Urinary Protein Loss March 31, 2021

CHF-funded investigators documented that urine protein loss was significantly higher in dogs with gallbladder mucoceles.

Promising Research on the Use of CBD to Treat Canine Cancer March 22, 2021

A CHF-funded study documents the anti-cancer effects of CBD alone and in combination with chemotherapy drugs.

Liquid Biopsy for Canine Histiocytic Sarcoma and Lymphoma March 16, 2021

Liquid biopsy through measurement of circulating tumor DNA in a blood sample shows promise in diagnosing canine cancers such as histiocytic sarcoma and multicentric lymphoma.

Defining a Painful Neurologic Disease in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels March 1, 2021

CHF-funded investigators characterized several central nervous system malformations seen in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels which cause symptoms of pain and abnormal sensations.

Refining the Complex Genetics That Influence Canine Hip Dysplasia February 18, 2021

CHF-funded investigators confirmed 21 different loci (or locations) on 14 chromosomes that are significantly associated with the risk of hip dysplasia in dogs.

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Canine Health Resources Available for Download (PDF)

Great Dane Update - Fall 2020 - Subfertility in Stud Dogs October 27, 2020

Purina ProPlan Great Dane Update (Fall 2020) - CHF-funded investigators are examining the complex nature of canine fertility.

39 & Me October 23, 2020

A practical look at the Review of the Current State of Genetic Testing from a breeder's perspective. Courtesy of The Canine Chronicle - October 2020 issue.

Dog Update - Fall 2020 - Parent Club Health Surveys September 25, 2020

Purina ProPlan Dog Update (Fall 2020) - Learn how parent clubs are using breed health surveys to guide health research funding, choose appropriate health screening tests, and develop health education tools.

Review of the Current State of Genetic Testing in Dogs September 15, 2020

The types of genetic tests currently in use, their application in breeding programs, and their limitations will be discussed, as well as potential negative effects of the misuse of test results in both pet and breeding dogs.

Diagnostic Criteria for Golden Retriever Pigmentary Uveitis (print) August 31, 2020

Recently, current and former members of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists’ Genetics Committee came together to create and publish clear diagnostic guidelines for Golden Retriever Pigmentary Uveitis. These updated diagnostic criteria for GRPU were recently published in the open source journal Veterinary Ophthalmology and are summarized here.

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Success Stories

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.

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.

Expanding Our Understanding of Exercise-Induced Collapse May 16, 2013

Once the a genetic test was available for EIC, it quickly became clear that the existence of the DNM1 mutation didn’t explain all cases of EIC. Some Labrador Retrievers with EIC didn’t have both copies of the mutation, others didn’t have copies at all. Therefore, the scientists from the University of Minnesota and the University of Saskatchewan who had developed the test set out to determine if they could understand whether the EIC seen in dogs without the mutation was really the same condition.

The Health Implications of Early Spay and Neuter May 6, 2013

Recently scientists from the University of California-Davis used a large veterinary database to determine what exactly the implications of neutering might be for a breed of dogs that is one of the most popular in the U.S. – the Golden Retriever. The results were fascinating: timing of spay and neuter did affect the risk of a dog developing serious health problems.

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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 Spring 2019 April 17, 2019

Topics include personalized medicine for canine mast cell tumor treatment, diagnosing tick-borne disease, the Purina Parent Club Partnership Program, and a donor spotlight featuring Carolyn and Gary Koch.

Discoveries Winter 2019 January 16, 2019

Topics include mitral valve disease, working dog cognition, and 2018 annual award winners

Discoveries Fall 2018 October 15, 2018

Topics include the 9/11 Medical Surveillance Study, CHF's Hemangiosarcoma Research Initiative, and researcher Dr. Cindy Otto.

Discoveries Summer 2018 July 16, 2018

Topics include degenerative myelopathy, Leptospirosis, 2018 theriogenology residents, and researcher Dr. Joan Coates.

Discoveries Issue 55 December 5, 2016

Winter 2016 Edition: President's Award and Distinguished Research Partner Award; Tick-Borne Disease Initiative Update; New Research Grants

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