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January/February 2012

Dear dog lover:

We at the AKC Canine Health Foundation hope the New Year is off to a great start for you and your dogs!  We are excited to announce that Westminster Kennel Club has chosen the AKC Canine Health Foundation at the beneficiary of their 2012 show poster proceeds.  We are honored and grateful to WKC for their support!  Learn more and order your poster today!

Health Tracks: Diagnosing Pancreatitis Before It's Too Late

Veterinarian Examines Cocker SpanielResearchers from the University of California, Davis recently set out to investigate the sensitivity and specificity of a new blood test for pancreatitis and compare it to several other blood tests that might be useful in detecting the disease.  Learn more about this research success. 

 

Featured Grant:  Improving Cataract Surgery Outcomes

Dog EyesCataracts are the most common cause of blindness in dogs and occurs in all breeds of dogs. Surgery can restore normal vision.  However, the most common complication to surgery is posterior capsular opacification (PCO), which results in secondary vision loss. There is currently no consistently effective treatment for canine PCO.   Researchers at Ohio State University are evaluating whether the drug Cyclosporin A, when used after cataract surgery can prevent canine PCO and restore long term vision to dogs. Learn more about this grant.

 

Health Tips:  Dehydration and Overheating in Dogs 

English Cocker Spaniel at Water BowlDehydration and overheating are potentialy serious if left untreated.  However both can be prevented by recognizing early warning signs. While field dogs are especially vulnerable, these conditions can impact all dogs.  In the event that your dog does become dehydrated or overheated immediate action is necessary.  Read more.

Recent Podcasts

Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy and Legg-Calve-Perthes
with Dr. Alison Starr

 Genetics of Canine Behavior
with Dr. Mark Neff

 Bioinformatics
with Dr. Meg Station

 More podcasts

Upcoming Events

Charity Cocktail Party
New York City
February 11

 Westminster KC Dog Show
New York City
February 13 - 14

International Kennel Club Show
Chicago, IL
February 23 - 26

 Reserve Your Dog's Place In History

Engraved brick pavers are still available at the Purina Event Center.  Proceeds benefit canine health research.
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