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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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Discoveries - the award-winning newsletter of the AKC Canine Health Foundation, published quarterly.
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Canine Health Articles
Exploring Biomarkers for Atopic Dermatitis April 14, 2022
Measuring cell signaling proteins may be useful to monitor disease progression in dogs with atopic dermatitis.
The Role of Pollution in Canine Cancer February 7, 2022
Data suggest that air and water pollution influence the development of bladder cancer and lymphoma in dogs.
Lipid Profiles to Diagnose Atopy January 18, 2022
Fat levels in blood and skin may be helpful to diagnose atopy in dogs.
Genetics of Border Collie Collapse January 14, 2022
Border Collie Collapse is a moderately to highly heritable, complex disease that is influenced by many genetic mutations and environmental factors.
Better Testing for Acute Pancreatitis in Dogs December 16, 2021
Investigators are exploring ways to more accurately predict the prognosis for dogs with acute pancreatitis.
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.
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.
The award-winning print newsletter of the AKC Canine Health Foundation. Providing in-depth information on canine health research and education.
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.
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.
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