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Development of Cognitive Traits in Dogs December 7, 2020

CHF-funded research suggests that canine cognitive traits develop relatively early in life and are stable over time.

Genetic Mutation Discovered for Mucopolysaccharidosis in Miniature Pinschers November 27, 2020

To further define the genetic mutation(s) that cause muchopolysaccharidosis VI in dogs, CHF-funded investigators analyzed DNA in the area that codes for the affected enzyme in Miniature Pinschers and Miniature Schnauzers.

Unraveling the Causes of Canine Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia November 20, 2020

By comparing the genes expressed in dogs with newly diagnosed but untreated IMHA versus those expressed in healthy dogs, CHF-funded investigators hope to identify specific genes that are turned on early in disease development and can be used as treatment targets.

Researching Health Risks for the Dogs of 9/11 November 10, 2020

CHF-funded researchers found that the long-term risk of adverse health effects in search and rescue dogs deployed following 9/11 was low.

The Complex Genetics of Diabetes Mellitus in Australian Terriers October 26, 2020

AKC Canine Health Foundation funded researchers study the complex genetics underlying diabetes mellitus in dogs.

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Canine Health Resources Available for Download (PDF)

Golden Retriever Update - Summer 2020 - Hemangiosarcoma & Bartonella June 8, 2020

Purina ProPlan Golden Retriever Update (Summer 2020) - The Link Between Hemangiosarcoma & Bartonella: Vector-Borne Illness May Contribute to Cancer

Boxer Update - Spring 2020 - Mast Cell Tumor March 26, 2020

Purina ProPlan Boxer Update (Spring 2020) - Mast Cell Tumor: Research of Personalized Medicine & Checkpoint Immunotherapy

Xylitol - information for Dog Owners pdf March 13, 2020

Information on xylitol, a sugar substitute that is poisonous to dogs.

A Remarkable Life in Dogs - Cindy Vogels February 18, 2020

A profile of CHF board member Cindy Vogels. (Courtesy of the Canine Chronicle.)

At A Crossroads - The Impact of Genetic Testing on Breed Diversity January 14, 2020

Learn how the Irish Setter Club of America is educating its members and getting a grasp on the abundance of canine genetic testing currently available. (Used with permission from Today’s Breeder, Nestlé Purina PetCare.)

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Success Stories

New System Developed for Studying B-cell Cancers February 15, 2013

With the help of the AKC Canine Health Foundation, Dr. Daisuke Ito and colleagues set out to find an alternative to traditional cell culture techniques for studying DLBCLs. Instead of creating a DLBCL-like cell artificially, using viral infection, they wanted to find a way to grow and maintain the diverse collection of B-cells found in an actual canine cancer.

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.

The Role of Oxidative Stress in IMHA January 15, 2013

Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) is a major cause of severe anemia in American dogs. IMHA occurs when the immune system attacks and destroys oxygen-carrying red blood cells (RBC), leading to symptoms including exhaustion, weakness, and panting. However, although scientists have known for years that the immune system destroys the RBCs in dogs with IMHA, they still have no idea what prompts it to attack.

There for Each Other – Relationships Between Humans and Dogs on Search and Rescue Teams November 20, 2012

Search and Rescue teams perform incredibly important, and incredibly stressful, work. However, until recently, there has been little research on how the stresses of the job affect the mental health of the humans and dogs performing it. Researchers recently determined that a factor that significantly increased depression and PTSD symptoms in handlers was having a dog who became sick or died. Interestingly, shifting of the bond between dog and handler did not only affect the humans. Changes in the health of human handlers also affected the well-being of their dogs.

Canine Idiopathic Epilepsy – No Easy Answers June 1, 2012

Researchers have been investiging whether any of the genes that had tentatively been linked to epilepsy in either humans or mice might be associated with idiopathic epilepsy in dogs.

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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 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.

Discoveries Issue 52 - Spring 2015 May 1, 2015

Includes topics on Pet Cancer Awareness; What to expect when visiting a veterinary oncologist; CHF Parent Club Conference; extending the lives of dogs with melanoma; advances in lymphoma and reevaluating the nature of hemangiosarcoma

Discoveries Issue 51 January 1, 2015

Include topics on our 2015 Distinguished Research Partners; 2015 President's Award Recipient, Thomas A. Grabe; and Clinician Scientist Fellows; information on Brucellosis; and newly awarded research grants

Discoveries Issue 50 November 1, 2014

Includes topics on announcements for CHF's new CEO Susan Lilly; celebrating senior dogs; impact of your giving to canine health; and funded research projects/

Discoveries Issue 49 - Summer 2014 August 1, 2014

Topics from this issue include: viral therapy for canine osteosarcoma; senior dog health campaign; effect of nutrition on behavior; keeping pet food safe and more.

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