As a supporter of the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), we know you care about the health of your dog. Do you have friends who share your passion about their dogs and about canine health?
With your help and with help from dog lovers like you, great strides are being made to provide our dogs with more effective treatments for diseases like cancer, epilepsy, and bloat. These advances enable dogs just like yours to live longer, healthier lives.
During 2014 all donations received from new or lapsed* donors will be matched by the American Kennel Club.
We need your help to reach our goal of $500,000 by December 31! Your donation positively impacts the health of the dog you love today and the dogs you will love in the future.
We hope you will make an end-of-year gift and ask other dog lovers to do the same. Together, we are improving the health of all dogs.
*Last donation on or before 12/31/2011
Health Tracks: Periodontal Disease in Dogs Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in adult dogs, and if left untreated could cause extreme gum damage, tooth loss and pain. By three years of age, most dogs have some evidence of periodontal disease and associated discomfort. In an effort to speed progress in prevention and effective treatment of canine periodontal disease, the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) has awarded two research grants to improve the oral health of dogs. Learn More.
Featured Grant: Development of a Regenerative Medicine Technique to Treat Cartilage Disorders in Dogs Osteochondrosis is a common and debilitating disease affecting large, athletic dogs. Osteochondrosis is caused by abnormal endochondral ossification, the process by which growth plate cartilage adjacent to joint surfaces transitions from cartilage to bone. The result is excessively thickened cartilage that partially or completely separates from surrounding bone. Treatment options for osteochondrosis have remained essentially unchanged for decades. Tissue engineering represents a promising treatment alternative for dogs suffering from OC. Dr. Brian Saunders believes the key to successful tissue engineering involves generation of regenerative osteochondral plugs, or ROPs. Learn more.
Health Tips: Holiday Safety The holiday season is a busy time of year for most people. Schedules are filled with social engagements and life is more hectic. A different schedule can make your dog feel anxious. Holiday decorations and foods can be tempting. Learn about holiday safety tips in our podcast, Keeping Your Dog Safe During the Holidays. Find out information on the potential dangers of holiday plants in the article Are Holiday Plants Toxic to your Pet?
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.