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Refining the Genetic Mutations That Cause SLO in Bearded Collies October 11, 2021

Investigators have refined our knowledge of genetic mutations associated with immune system function that predict the development of symmetrical lupoid onychodystrophy (SLO) in the Bearded Collie.

The Future of Vector-Borne Disease Testing September 20, 2021

Next generation sequencing (NGS) may revolutionize vector-borne disease testing in veterinary medicine since it can rapidly detect the relative amounts of infectious organism DNA in dog blood samples.

Promising Drug Treatment for Brain Tumors September 10, 2021

A novel drug that activates programmed cell death in many cancer cells was well tolerated in dogs and may be effective against meningioma – cancer of the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

Gut Microbiome Recovery in IBD August 27, 2021

Recovery of the gut microbiome – both its composition and function – takes much longer than improvement of clinical signs in dogs with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Chagas Disease Risk for Dogs in a Kennel Environment August 10, 2021

CHF-funded research documented a surprisingly high incidence or risk of infection for Chagas disease in dogs housed in 10 different kennels in Texas

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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.

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.

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Success Stories

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.

Dark Colored Dogs Highlight Cancer's Complexity April 17, 2013

Standard poodles are at risk of an aggressive type of cancer known as squamous cell carcinoma of the digit (SCDD). However, not all poodles are equally susceptible to SCDD. Dark colored poodles are at high risk of this cancer, while light colored dogs are almost never affected. Researchers recently found the genetic mutations that are likely responsible for the difference.

Selecting First-Choice Anti-Seizure Medications for Dogs February 15, 2013

Epilepsy is a medical condition found in both dogs and humans. The seizures it causes can be quite dangerous, and although it is often treatable, there has been some debate over which anti-epileptic drug (AED) is most effective.

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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 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

Discoveries Issue 54 2016 May 18, 2016

Topics from this issue include: Pet Cancer Awareness Month; Canine Reproductive Health Collaboration; In Memoriam: Monique Arrington

Discoveries Issue 53 November 1, 2015

Includes topics on the National Parent Club Canine Health Conference; The Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. to receive CHF President's Award; cold weather tips; Dr. Diane Brown hired as CSO.

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