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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.

Defining a Painful Neurologic Disease in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels March 1, 2021

CHF-funded investigators characterized several central nervous system malformations seen in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels which cause symptoms of pain and abnormal sensations.

Refining the Complex Genetics That Influence Canine Hip Dysplasia February 18, 2021

CHF-funded investigators confirmed 21 different loci (or locations) on 14 chromosomes that are significantly associated with the risk of hip dysplasia in dogs.

Granulomatous Colitis in Boxers and French Bulldogs February 2, 2021

CHF-funded researchers at Cornell University have been studying this disease to identify the underlying genetic mutations and explore the molecular processes involved.

Researching Mechanisms of Chronic Pain in Dogs January 25, 2021

CHF-funded investigators have demonstrated the presence of two types of functioning receptors involved in pain signalling in canine macrophages, allowing better study of chronic pain in dogs.

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Canine Health Resources Available for Download (PDF)

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.

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

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Success Stories

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.

Understanding Transmission of Leishmaniasis in Foxhounds February 27, 2012

There is now a better explanation of why so many Foxhounds are infected with zoonotic visceral leishmaniasis. Scientists from Iowa State University and the University of Iowa investigated whether it might be possible for a female Foxhound infected with leishmaniasis to spread the infection to her puppies.

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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 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.

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.

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