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March 2016

Dear Dog Lover:

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) has recently launched an exciting new tick-borne disease initiative that will educate dog-owners and find better diagnostics, preventatives, and therapeutics for these important diseases in dogs.

Ticks and the diseases they transmit can be found in all 50 states, and can impact not only our dogs, but their human companions as well. The initiative will raise funds to award much-needed research grants for new and innovative approaches to understand and treat tick-borne diseases. Additionally, free educational resources about tick prevalence and tick-borne diseases are available to dog owners at www.akcchf.org/ticks.

As an added incentive, all donations to the CHF tick-borne disease initiative during 2016 will be generously matched dollar-for-dollar by the American Kennel Club (AKC), up to $250,000.

We hope you'll take advantage of the great free educational resources, as well as consider making a gift to support the tick-borne disease initiative and double your impact for canine health.

Wishing you a Happy Spring! 

Purple Day


Purple Day, observed on March 26, is a day devoted to raise awareness about epilepsy. Epilepsy is the most common neurological disease seen in dogs, and CHF is funding several grants that aim to provide better treatment options for our canine companions. CHF will be awarding more new grants to study epilepsy in the coming weeks. Download our whitepaper, which includes a seizure diary. >>> 



Canine Osteosarcoma Vaccine Research

Chocolate Labs

Osteosarcoma is an aggressive cancer that carries a poor prognosis in many large breeds of dogs. The standard of care treatment for osteosarcoma is surgical amputation followed by chemotherapy. Since overall survival is bleak in patients with osteosarcoma because of a high likelihood of metastasis or spread of cancer cells, developing an osteosarcoma cancer vaccine holds promise as an adjunct treatment to surgery and chemotherapy. Learn more and support this grant >>>


Free Webinar on Fleas and Ticks

Dogs in a Line

CHF is partnering with VetVine to present a free educational webinar on fleas and ticks and their impact on the health of your dog, Wednesday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

Webinar presenter, Dr. Chris Adolph, DVM, MS, DACVM (parasitology), veterinary practitioner and specialist at Zoetis, Inc. will provide dog lovers with information on the biology and differences between fleas and ticks, the harmful infectious agents they spread, and much more. Register Today >>>

The Fleas and Ticks webinar is produced in partnership with VetVine. The link will take you the VetVine website.


Tick-Borne Disease Initiative

woman with dog

Did you know ticks can transmit disease to a dog or person in as little as 3 – 6 hours? CHF offers reliable resources to help keep you and your dog safe. Listen to a podcast, register for a webinar, check out the prevalence of tick-borne diseases in your area, and learn about specific ticks and the diseases they can transmit. Learn more >>>



Established in 1995, the AKC Canine Health Foundation's (CHF) mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding scientific research and supporting the dissemination of canine health information. 

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