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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

New Genetic Test Helps Breeders Manage Dwarfism in Great Pyrenees July 30, 2021

The Great Pyrenees Club of America collaborated with CHF to explore the genetics underlying dwarfism in their breed.

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Quiet Creek Bloodhounds - A Lifetime of Crowning Achievements January 14, 2020

A story of the 'exceptional hounds' of Quiet Creek Bloodhounds, bred by AKC Canine Health Foundation board member, Susan LaCroix Hamil, and her husband, Dr. John Hamil. (Used with permission from Today’s Breeder, Nestlé Purina PetCare.)

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.)

There's Something About Mary November 7, 2019

Profile of Dr. Mary O. Smith from the Nov/Dec 2019 issue of Canine Chronicle

Understanding Breeds as Populations October 7, 2019

A discussion of dog breeds as populations and how it relates to improving breed health through health-conscious breeding

Dog Update - Fall 2019 - Breeding Healthy Dogs October 1, 2019

Using genetic testing to breed better dogs.

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Success Stories

Liposomal Clondronate as a Treatment for Malignant Histiocytosis February 1, 2012

Because of its devastating effects on a number of highly loved dog breeds, the AKC Canine Health Foundation sponsors a great deal of research on the diagnosis and treatment of malignant histiocytosis. One such study, initiated by scientists at Colorado State University, has identified a potentially useful new therapeutic option – liposomal clondronate.

Malignant Histiocytosis - Counting Copies January 23, 2012

By looking for DNA copy number aberrations in dogs with histiocytic cancers – genes that express abnormally few or far too many copies – researchers have begun to identify some of the genetic factors that may be putting dogs, and people, at risk.

Improving Treatments for Atypical Hyperadrenocorticism January 9, 2012

Researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville have looked at a treatment that could effectively help dogs with the atypical form of hyperadrenocorticism. Working with cultured human adrenal tumor cells, since canine cell lines aren’t available, they have identified a combination of two compounds – melatonin and lignan – which in preliminary studies looks like they might be able to bring many cases of atypical hyperadrenocorticism under control.

Looking for a New Treatment for Refractive Corneal Ulcers December 7, 2011

Certain dogs experience what are known as refractory (or refractive) corneal ulcers – ulcers which may take up to six months to heal, and for which existing treatments are not consistently effective. Scientists from Ohio State University set out to investigate whether a simple tetracycline treatment might be an effective way to reduce healing time of refractive corneal ulcers.

Diagnosing Pancreatitis Before It’s Too Late December 2, 2011

Researchers from the University of California, Davis recently set out to investigate the sensitivity and specificity of a new blood test for pancreatitis and compare it to several other blood tests that might be useful in detecting the disease.

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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 48 - Spring 2014 May 1, 2014

Includes topics about using science to reduce surrenders in shelters, pet cancer awareness month, hypothyroidism research, epilepsy research and new treatment to target cancer stem cells.

Discoveries Issue 47 February 1, 2014

Include topics on the Value of Partnership in the New Economy; funding for New ACORN Grants; CHF working to find the Cause of Bloat; and 2014 Clinician Scientist Fellowships Awardees.

2013 Fall Discoveries - Issue 46 November 1, 2013

Includes topics such as: New 2014 Oak Grant Funding, Dr. Kathryn Meurs awarded the Asa Mays Excellence award, CHF to receive proceeds from the 2014 WKC poster and more!

Discoveries Issue 46 November 1, 2013

Includes article topics such as New Canine Health Research funding, CHF received proceeds for the 2014 WKC Poster sales, Dr. Kathryn Meurs awarded Asa Mays Excellence in Canine Health Research award, and much more

Discoveries Issue 45 July 1, 2013

Includes topics on the importance of persistence in canine health research; update on our Bloat Initiative; and our recently released webinar on regenerative medicine.

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