We have many exciting things taking place at the AKC Canine Health Foundation this fall. Our Board of Directors recently met to approve 17 new grants totaling nearly $1.8 million for canine health research. We are very excited about these new projects that will commence in January of 2013. Be on the lookout for an announcement of the research topics soon.
Additionally, as part of our current campaign to increase membership in the Heritage Society, we are now offering charitable gift annuities. If you are thinking of either updating or creating your estate plans, be sure your legacy honors your best friend. We are here to help you make a planned gift to secure the future health of your breed.
And finally, be sure to mark your calendar for the 2nd Annual Canines & Cocktails event on December 14, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. Join us for live music, open bar, raffle prizes and more all to benefit the AKC Canine Health Foundation.
Health Tracks: OFA and ACVO Establish Eye Registry and Database Our partner, the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), and the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) have announced the establishment of a new joint Eye Certification Registry (ECR) and Clinical Database for Ophthalmic Diagnoses (CDOD) effective November 1, 2012. Together, the ECR and CDOD will be important tools to monitor canine inherited eye conditions and reduce their incidence. Learn more about the Registry.
Featured Grant: The Effect of IV Infusion of Doxorubicin Doxorubicin is a commonly used chemotheraputic agent for treatment of many types of canine cancer. Researchers at the University of California Davis are studying the effect of doxorubicin on the occurrence of abnormal heart rhythms. The study also aims to evaluate the use of a biomarker for heart damage as a measure of early heart muscle damage due to Doxorubicin toxicity and to determine whether serum levels of this biomarker are correlated with early changes in heart function. Learn more about this grant. Health Tips: Pythiosis Pythiosis, sometimes called "swamp cancer" is a relatively rare, but emerging infectious disease of domestic animals that is derived from an algae-like fungi that enters the body through the sinuses, esophagus, or broken skin through contact with water. Awareness of the disease is important for seeking veterinary care and improving outcomes. Read more about pythiosis.