Throughout September and October the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) celebrates senior dogs with their Old Dogs Ruleeducational and fundraising campaign. The campaign features articles, podcasts and webinars by veterinary experts designed to help dog owners and dog lovers take the best care possible of their aging dog, while raising funds and awareness for canine geriatric health and wellness research.
Help Spread the Word that Old Dogs Rule!
Celebrate the joy senior dogs bring to our lives! Post a photo to your social media account and encourage your friends to do the same. Include a few short sentences explaining why your #OldDogsRule.
Thanks to your continued support we can help all dogs live longer, healtheir lives!
Health Tracks: Regenerative Medicine Holds Promise for Joint Repair One of the most common injuries of the stifle is rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL). Such ruptures often also damage the tissues surrounding the CCL inside the joint, which can lead long term pain and functional problems, including arthritis. Surgery can repair the ligament, but it does not necessarily help restore other damaged joint tissues. Fortunately, the emerging field of regenerative medicine gives hope that it might be possible to generate such replacement tissues in the lab. Thanks to you, CHF-funded researchers from the School of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University are making strides that may help dogs recover more quickly from this common injury. Learn More.
Featured Grant: Personalized Medicine: The Intersection of Genotype and Drug Responsiveness in the Treatment of Canine Pulmonary Hypertension Genetic background is thought to alter the way animals and humans respond to disease and drug therapy. The unique DNA signature of an individual is now recognized as a pivotal influence on disease outcome during treatment and has become the central concept propelling the study of pharmacogenomics and individualized medicine. With your support, Dr. Joshua Stern aims to establish a diagnostic test that allows clinicians to make treatment recommendations on a personalized basis and tailor the therapeutic approach to treatment of pulmonary hypertension. Learn more.
Health Tips: Keeping Pet Food Safe The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for keeping all animal foods safe. To do this they are actively working to analyze samples of pet food for Salmonella poisoning. In addition the FDA recommends the safe handling of pet foods to keep all members of the family safe. Learn More.
CHF is pleased to announce two exciting partnerships.
On Thursday, October 9 CHF will be the featured charity on Groupon Coupons #GrouponSaysThanks, a program to thank non-profits and to help spread awareness about their cause. In addition to sharing our message about helping all dogs living longer, healthier lives, CHF will also be eligible for a donation from Groupon of up to $1,000. Mark your calendars for October 9 and be on the look out for additional information.
CHF is excited to partner with VetVine, a veterinary portal for both pet owners and veterinary professionals. In addition to providing opportunities for CE credits for professionals, VetVine also offers reliable health information for pet owners. In 2015 we'll be launching a live webinar series with VetVine -- stay tuned for more information!
Established in 1995, the AKC Canine Health Foundation's (CHF) mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound scientific research and supporting the dissemination of canine health information. Through the generous support of the American Kennel Club, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Zoetis, dog clubs and dog owners worldwide, CHF has dedicated more than $40 million to canine health research projects and education programs.