In science, progress is measured in small steps along the way to major discoveries. By consistently funding the most innovative research, the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is realizing both small milestones and major breakthroughs in canine health. These successes show progress towards CHF’s goal to prevent, treat and cure canine disease.
In order to make strides in canine health, researchers depend on help from the dog-owning community. Whether it be participating in a research project where weekly blood-draws are necessary, or in a clinical trial where cutting-edge medications are being utilized to treat a health issue, or providing DNA samples to a bank for use in the research to understand a disease at the molecular level, these are just a few of the ways dog owners can help move canine research forward.
Participation in the following research projects is needed:
Identifying What Attracts Ticks to Dogs
If you own a Beagle, Greyhound, Cocker Spaniel, Springer Spaniel, or Labrador Retriever, the University of Florida’s Entomology Department is looking for your dogs’ participation in a research study funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation.
The goal of this study is to identify chemicals from within your dog’s odor that are tick attractants and that could be used for various tick control methods in the future.
Joint Angle Study
Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds from one to eight years of age with no history of orthopedic issues are needed to participate in an important non-invasive clinical study at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
A set of x-rays and photographs will be taken on all participating dogs. X-rays will be limited to the hind limbs.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Trial
Dr. Al Jergens and colleagues are seeking dogs suspicious for or recently diagnosed with chronic inflammatory bowel disease to be enrolled into a clinical trial funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation. In brief, this team is investigating whether probiotic therapy is useful in treating these dogs.
This is an eight week clinical trial where IBD dogs receive the probiotic or placebo along with traditional dietary and drug therapy.
The trial is taking place at six locations: Iowa State University, Colorado State University, Texas A&M University, University of Tennessee, Southeast Veterinary Referral Center (Miami), and San Diego Veterinary Specialty Hospital.
Further information on these and other studies being conducted throughout the United States can be found on the CHF website. Research studies involve a number of different canine health concerns and involve many different breeds. Each study has unique requirements, so please contact the laboratory listed if you have questions about a specific project.