The Pet Parent Trap

About 10 years ago, my husband and I were in Nha Trang, Vietnam, having dinner at the home of our tour guide. While he spoke fluent English, his wife – a physician – struggled with the language and we were having a difficult time explaining to her exactly what I did as a small animal… read more


AKC CHF Funded Study of 9/11 Search and Rescue Dogs Enters its 14th Year

At 16-and-a-half years of age, Morgan, an English Springer Spaniel, continues to lead a fairly active life. According to Katrene Johnson, Morgan’s handler, “She goes out to the barn with me several times every day, rambles with me and the other dogs on the trails once or twice a week, and still plays a little… read more


Core Conditioning for Your Dog

While attending the Purina Sporting Dog Summit, several experts gave advice on ways to keep your dogs healthy and injury free. Jennell Appel, DVM, CCRT; James L. Cook, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR Purina’s Arleigh Reynolds, DVM, PhD, DACVN all stressed the importance of warming a dog up prior to competition/hunting/exercise and then cooling down afterwards…. read more

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As the Wheels Turn – A Litany of Thanks

As I prepare to set two empty chairs at the table this Thanksgiving (one for each of my parents), I’m finding my attitude needs some adjustment. I’m sad and wistful, verging on melancholy. I find myself repeatedly slipping backward, living in the past like Groundhog Day played out as a tragedy. While I accept the… read more


Eight Tips for Coping With Your Dog’s Age-Related Hearing Loss

The most common form of deafness in dogs is age-related hearing loss (ARHL). Most dogs experience some degree of ARHL, beginning sometime during their “third trimester” of life. ARHL begins by impairing perception of middle to high frequency sounds. As the hearing loss progresses it encompasses the entire range of sound frequencies. I suspect that… read more

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Holiday Gluttony

This week marks the start of that magical time of year — full of bright hopes and dashed expectations. To help maintain your holiday glow, I want to share some of the holiday hazards that can cause you unneeded stress and trips to the veterinary emergency room. After all, there’s just no fun in the… read more


November 2015 President’s Letter

Each year, we celebrate the core of our sport at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship (AENC): our breeders. The Best Bred-By Exhibitor in Show competition continues to make up a large percentage of the AENC entry, with cash prizes for the winners. We honor seven stellar breeding programs that have greatly contributed to the sport in… read more


Free Webinar on Itchy Dogs: Causes and Treatments

Tomorrow evening, Monday, November 23 at 8 p.m. EST, the AKC Canine Health Foundation is partnering with VetVine to present a free educational webinar on Itchy Dogs: Causes and Treatment Options. This special event will feature Dr. Andrew Hillier, BVSc, MANZCVS, DACVD, senior veterinary specialist at Zoetis. Dr. Hillier will provide dog lovers with information on why dogs itch, treatment options,… read more


See How Dogs Can Detect Cancer Better Than Lab Tests

A dog named Lucy is able to effectively sniff out bladder, kidney, and prostate cancer with more than 95 percent accuracy. According to CNN, she is one of eight dogs currently being used in a new clinical trial by Medical Detection Dogs to sniff out cancer in 3,000 patients in Britain. Since dogs have such… read more

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AKC Breeder Webinar: Planning Breedings

AKC’s Arliss Paddock speaks with breeder Debbie Owczarzak (Golden Gait English Cocker Spaniels) about what to consider when planning a breeding.

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