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March/April 2013

Dear dog lover:

We just returned from an exciting weekend sharing our mission at the AKC Companion Events Extravagnza in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  It was great to see all the amazing canine athletes showcase their talents!

Last summer we launched our Canine Athlete Initiative and brought you seven free podcasts on health concerns specific to active dogs.  Throughout March and April we are happy to bring the focus back to conditioning, rehabilitation and sports medicine.  Watch for new podcasts on agility and Blue Fit for Sport Bandana Logoproper weight and a webinar on regenerative medicine. Donate to support the research portion of the Initiative! Now through June 30 all donors of $50 or more receive a Canine Athlete Initiative bandanna for your dog! 


Health Tracks: Health Implications of Early Spay and Neuter
Man and Golden RetrieverRecent results from research funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation have the potential to significantly impact recommendations for spaying and neutering dogs in the United States. The study suggests that veterinarians should be more cautious about the age at which they spay and neuter in order to protect the overall health of dogs. The researchers, led by Dr. Benjamin L. Hart at the University of California, Davis, completed the most detailed study performed to date that evaluates incidence of cancer diagnoses and joint problems in one breed - Golden Retrievers - by neuter status. Learn more about the research results.


Featured Grant: Treatment of a Common Pathogen Encountered by Hunting Dogs
Vizsla in a FieldHunting and sporting breeds are at greater risk of the fungal infection histoplasmosis since they routinely come into contact with bird droppings and soil in wet areas. In this pilot study, researchers will use a Histoplasma antigen enzyme immunoassay (EIA) to guide antifungal treatment in dogs with histoplasmosis. This information will be used to design a larger study investigating if and how this test may be used to monitor response to treatment, determine required duration of treatment, and monitor for disease reoccurrence in dogs with histoplasmosis..  Learn more about this grant.


Health Tips: Supraspinatus Tendinopathy
Australian Shepherd AgilityIn the dog, supraspinatus tendinopathy is similar to rotator cuff injury in humans.  The supraspinatus muscle is responsible for extension of the shoulder joint.  Injury to the tendon of the supraspinatus muscle causes inflammation. Tearing of the tendon fibers and the resulting inflammation can lead to mineralization and calcification of the tendon, which are a source of pain and lameness. Read how to recognize, treat and prevent this condition.

Recent Podcasts

Vital Assessments
with Dr. Robin Downing

Biomarkers for Heart Disease
with Dr. Ashley Saunders

What is the Microbiome?
with Dr. Kelly Swanson

Cataracts Research
with Dr. Heather Chandler

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Regenerative Medicine for Orthopedic Conditions Webinar Coming Soon

As part of the Canine Athlete Initiative we are releasing a free webinar with Dr. Sherman Canapp of the Veterinary Sports Medicine Group. Stay tuned for an announcement in late April.

Upcoming Events

Penn Vet Working Dog Conference
Gray Summit, MO
April 8-11 

National Parent Club Canine
Health Conference
St. Louis, MO
August 9-11

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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 $34 million to canine health research projects and education programs.  

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