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Hope for the Diet-Related Dilated Cardiomyopathy Dilemma June 1, 2022

Sub-clinical heart damage in apparently health dogs appears to be reversible with a diet change.

Genetic Test for Megaesophagus in German Shepherd Dogs May 16, 2022

The combination of a genetic mutation and sex can predict a German Shepherd Dog’s risk of being affected by CIM with 75% accuracy.

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.

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Canine Health Resources Available for Download (PDF)

Diagnostic Criteria for Golden Retriever Pigmentary Uveitis (print) August 31, 2020

Recently, current and former members of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists’ Genetics Committee came together to create and publish clear diagnostic guidelines for Golden Retriever Pigmentary Uveitis. These updated diagnostic criteria for GRPU were recently published in the open source journal Veterinary Ophthalmology and are summarized here.

The "Vaccinate?" Debate June 10, 2020

A discussion of the importance of canine vaccination to prevent disease.

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.

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Success Stories

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.

Hunting for Hereditary Diseases in the German Shepherd May 15, 2012

A research team has determined whether genome-wide association studies using single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) can be used to identify the chromosomal regions associated with four common diseases seen in German Shepherd Dogs.

Survivin’ Canine Osteosarcoma April 24, 2012

With the help of the AKC Canine Health Foundation, Dr. Douglas H. Thamm and his colleagues from Colorado State University have been investigating the possible role of a protein known as survivin in the treatment of osteosarcoma.

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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 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.

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/

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