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Progress Continues in the Development of a New Treatment for Canine Bone Cancer November 14, 2022

Histotripsy appears to be a well-tolerated and effective treatment for canine bone cancer.

Epigenetic Biomarkers of B Cell Lymphoma October 31, 2022

Cancerous canine B cells show a distinct increase in overall methylation compared to normal canine B cells.

The Low Down on the Wipe Down for Working Dogs September 15, 2022

Commonly used veterinary cleansers are just as effective as FEMA recommended dish soap at removing a simulated contaminant from working dog coats, plus they provide the added benefit of antimicrobial activity.

The Genetics of Idiopathic Epilepsy in the Belgian Sheepdog and Belgian Tervuren September 1, 2022

Investigators have identified two genetic mutations that influence the development of idiopathic epilepsy in the Belgian Sheepdog and Belgian Tervuren.

Do vector-borne infections contribute to laboratory test abnormalities common in the Greyhound? August 15, 2022

CHF-funded investigators analyzed data to see what influence vector-borne infections have on the results of these common blood and urine tests

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Canine Health Resources Available for Download (PDF)

Dog Update - Spring 2021 - Osteoarthritis March 11, 2021

Osteoarthritis in dogs benefits from early diagnosis and treatment.

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

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

Bartonella - the Major Threat You've Never Heard Of December 28, 2020

This “stealth” bacteria is an emerging danger to your dog - and you. It also may be linked to the common canine cancer, hemangiosarcoma.

AKC CHF Celebrates 25 Years December 4, 2020

A celebration of 25 years of advancing canine health in this issue of Purina ProPlan Today's Breeder.

German Shepherd Dog Update - Fall 2020 - Osteosarcoma Research Focuses on Extending Life November 10, 2020

CHF-funded research on the immune response and immunotherapy for canine osteosarcoma.

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Success Stories

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.

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.

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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 2020 April 15, 2020

Topics include investments in canine health resources and the Purina Parent Club Partnership Program.

Discoveries Winter 2020 January 30, 2020

Topics include our 25th anniversary and new Clinician-Scientist Fellows.

Discoveries Fall 2019 October 16, 2019

Topics include some of the latest scientific updates from the 2019 AKC Canine Health Foundation National Parent Club Canine Health Conference.

Discoveries Summer 2019 July 15, 2019

Topics include the microbiome-gut-brain axis and epilepsy, canine atopy, Calming Care probiotic, and researcher spotlight on Dr. Karen Munana.

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.

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