Articles & Newsletters
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:
Articles Available for Download (PDF)
Discoveries - the award-winning newsletter of the AKC Canine Health Foundation, published quarterly.
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Canine Health Articles
Protecting Working Dogs and Canine Athletes from the Negative Effects of Hyperthermia April 28, 2021
CHF-funded investigators demonstrate a novel adaptation to physical exercise in dogs.
Investigating Diet-Related Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs – It’s Complicated April 9, 2021
Initial findings from the AKC Canine Health Foundation funded investigation into the apparent increase in diet-related dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs.
Gallbladder Mucocele Formation is Associated with Urinary Protein Loss March 31, 2021
CHF-funded investigators documented that urine protein loss was significantly higher in dogs with gallbladder mucoceles.
Promising Research on the Use of CBD to Treat Canine Cancer March 22, 2021
A CHF-funded study documents the anti-cancer effects of CBD alone and in combination with chemotherapy drugs.
Liquid Biopsy for Canine Histiocytic Sarcoma and Lymphoma March 16, 2021
Liquid biopsy through measurement of circulating tumor DNA in a blood sample shows promise in diagnosing canine cancers such as histiocytic sarcoma and multicentric lymphoma.
Canine Health Resources Available for Download (PDF)
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.
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.
Hall Family Twice Benefits from CHF Funded Research November 21, 2011
Lois and Bill Hall's German Shepherds Hawk and Trax both benefitted from research funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation. In Hawk's case, he was confirmed not to have Degenerative myelopathy (DM). Trax was not as lucky - losing his life to Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC). However a CHF funded study extended his life and is helping to find the genetic cause of TCC.
The award-winning print newsletter of the AKC Canine Health Foundation. Providing in-depth information on canine health research and education.
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 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.
Discoveries Issue 44 April 1, 2013
Includes topics on how your dog's participation in canine health research matters, regenerative medicine research, pet cancer awareness, and trial for novel brain tumor medication.
Discoveries Issue 43 January 1, 2013
Include topics on the CHF Bloat Initiative, Update on Golden Retriever Collaberative Cancer project, and recipients of the Clinician-Scientist Fellowship Program.
Discoveries Issue 42 October 1, 2012
Article topics include the fourth-part series about the dog's bite and how it affects posture and balance, Supraspinatus Tendinopathy, Cleft Palate in the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, etc.
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