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August 2016

Dear Dog Lover:

Thanks to your continued support, the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) has recently awarded a number of exciting new grants to benefit all dogs.

Four grants were awarded through CHF's Epilepsy Initiative to better understand the physiologic and genetic mechanisms that predispose dogs to epilepsy, and ultimately, to identify better treatments. Epilepsy is the most common neurologic disease diagnosed in dogs.

Two studies will address important reproductive diseases in dogs -- pyometra and brucellosis. These grants aim to better identify risk factors and improve diagnostic tests and treatments.

To date, five grants have been awarded through CHF's Tick-Borne Disease Initiative. Launched in February 2016, this comprehensive Initiative aims to educate dog owners and to find better diagnostics, preventatives, and therapeutics for tick-borne diseases. Funded grants include studies on Lyme disease, vector-borne disease testing for canine blood donors, Ehrlichiosis, Bartonellosis, and improved diagnostics for tick-borne diseases using next generation sequencing. During 2016, all donations received toward the Tick-Borne Disease Initiative will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the American Kennel Club, up to $250,000.  

Strides in canine health research are made possible with the support of dog lovers like you. We are grateful for your commitment to the AKC Canine Health Foundation, and to dogs everywhere!

Wishing you a safe and happy August! 


Hyposensitizing Dogs to Atopic Dermatitis

Labrador Retriever Rolling

Up to 10 percent of dogs are affected by atopic dermatitis, a chronic inflammatory skin disease caused by an inappropriate immune reaction to environmental allergens that are mainly absorbed through the skin, orally, or via the respiratory system.

Cracking the code to successfully manage the environmental allergens that ailed “Henry,” a chocolate Labrador Retriever, turned into a strategic operation against a plethora of pollens, molds, dust mites, and dander to which he was sensitized. Read Henry's story >>>

Free Webinar on Canine Lymphoma

Man and Boxer Dog

Canine lymphoma is a common cancer in dogs. Dr. Jeffrey M. Bryan, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM (oncology) provides information on prognosis, currently available therapies and what the future may hold for new treatment options. Dr. Bryan also discusses new findings on the role of epigenetics in cancer. Watch on demand* >>>


*This webinar is produced in partnership with VetVine. The link will take you the VetVine website.

CHF Welcomes New Director of Development 

2015 CHF logo

Bradford Brady has recently joined the CHF team as the director of development. Bradford brings 12 years of nonprofit/fundraising experience to the Foundation. As director of development, Bradford will lead the Foundation’s fundraising efforts to further our mission -- helping all dogs liver longer, healthier lives. Learn more about Bradford>>>


 Canines & Cocktails -- Save the Date!

Canines & Cocktails Email Image 2Canines & Cocktails, CHF's signature fundraising event, celebrates milestones in canine health and donors like you who make this important work possible.
Please plan on joining us, Thursday, December 15, 2016 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, FL. Tickets will go on sale soon. Watch www.akcchf.org for more details. Don't miss out on this fabulous gala!



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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