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Dear dog lover:
Welcome to the first ever issue of e-Barks, the e-mail newsletter of the AKC Canine Health Foundation. In 2011, there will be six issues of this newsletter. We look forward to sharing the latest in canine health research with you. If you would like to comment on e-Barks please contact us.
Health Tracks: Subaortic Stenosis Marley was barely eight-weeks old in 2008 when his veterinarian heard a severe heart murmur in the hound-mix’s chest. Marley’s owner, Debbie Suttles, was referred to Herbert Maisenbacher, VMD, at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. After Maisenbacher confirmed the diagnosis of severe subaortic stenosis (SAS), a congenital heart disease, he told Suttles about a study funded by an AKC Canine Health Foundation grant. Cardiology Chief Amara Estrada, DVM, was exploring a new procedure to treat SAS. Read the great results Marley and other dogs with SAS have had with the procedure.
Featured Grant: Treatment of Canine Allergy Dr. Bruce Hammerberg of North Carolina State University has received a grant from the AKC Canine Health Foundation to develop a canine equivalent of Xolair®, a new, safe and effective therapy for human allergy sufferers. Read more about this grant.
Health Tips: Noise Phobia in Dogs Noise phobia is an excessive fear of a sound that results in the dog attempting to avoid or escape from the sound. It's an irrational, intense and persistent fear response that can develop at any age and in any dog breed. Learn more about noise phobia and how to handle it in dogs.