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July/August 2013

Dear dog lover:

In an effort to bring pet travel safety to the forefront of pet owners’ minds this summer, the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is working with TripsWithPets.com to launch the Safe Summer Pet Travel Campaign.

According to TripsWithPets.com, 65 percent of pet owners surveyed plan to take their pets along when they hit the road this summer. Learn more about the Safe Summer Pet Travel Campaign, sign-up to join the Trips with Pets Travel Club and take advantage of 15% off all travel gear at tripswithpets.com with the discount code AKC15.

Follow the AKC Canine Health Foundation on Facebook and Twitter for pet travel tips and important health considerations for traveling with dogs.


Health Tracks: Bloat Initiative Update
Basset HoundIn January we announced a major effort underway to tackle the devastating condition commonly known as bloat. In response to our Request for Proposals, CHF received nine Letters of Intent from top researchers. The five strongest proposals were chosen to submit full applications. These grants will delve deeply into the possible causes of bloat. Investigators have proposed to use cutting edge techniques with the hope of helping breeders make informed breeding decisions and mitigate the risk of bloat in their dogs. Read more.


Featured Grant: Knee Braces as an Alternative to Surgery
Vizsla in a FieldBraces offer an alternative to surgery for treatment of canine cruciate ligament disease, especially in dogs who are poor anesthesia candidates, are of advanced age or whose owners lack the financial means for more costly surgery. Dr. Gina Bertocci's goal is to assess the effectiveness of customized braces in stabilizing injured joint. She believes these orthoses could also provide joint stability in surgical patients pre- and post-operatively. Learn more about this grant.


Health Tips: Motion Sickness in Dogs
Yellow Lab in CarMuch like humans, dogs and puppies can also experience a feeling of illness while on car trips. This car sickness can make pet travel, whether short or long, quite an ordeal for dogs and their families. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help your dog in the car. Learn More.

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Upcoming Events

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

Responsible Dog Ownership Day
Raleigh, NC
September 21


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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 $35 million to canine health research projects and education programs.  

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