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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

Do Lipid Droplets Play a Role in Canine Pyometra? July 25, 2022

Lipid droplets in the uterine lining likely play a role in the development of pyometra, or uterine infection.

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Canine Health Resources Available for Download (PDF)

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.

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.

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Success Stories

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.

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.

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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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