AKC Canine Health Foundation Publishes Spring 2015 Edition of Discoveries Newsletter

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The AKC Canine Health Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing, treating, and curing diseases in all dogs, has published the Spring 2015 edition of its Discoveries newsletter, with a focus on advances in treating cancer in dogs. The free 12-page newsletter is available by emailing chf@akcchf.org

“Many dog owners have experienced shock and uncertainty when their beloved dog receives a cancer diagnosis. This issue of Discoveries covers important issues about cancer detection, treatment, and the research that is providing our dogs, even after diagnosis, with a longer and better quality of life,” Canine Health Foundation CEO Susan Lilly said.

Articles in the newsletter include Advances in Canine Cancer: Lymphoma; What to Expect When you visit a Veterinary Oncologist; and Extending the Lives of Dogs with Melanoma, among others.

The newsletter’s focus on canine cancer reflects the organization marking May as Pet Cancer Awareness Month. The website www.akcchf.org/caninecancer includes podcasts, webinars, and other helpful information on different types of cancer and the search for cures.

“Cancer in dogs is much like cancer in humans insofar as the key to managing it is early detection," Canine Health Foundation Development and Communications Manager Sharla Seidel said, adding, "Regular veterinary wellness visits are important for the lifetime of your dog. By establishing this relationship, your veterinarian will recognize subtle changes in your dog’s health and be able to provide treatment options early.”

As part of its outreach efforts, the Foundation has co-sponsored an informative webinar with VetVine featuring Jeffrey N. Bryan, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM, associate professor of oncology at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, providing dog lovers with a rare glimpse into what cancer is; why dogs get it; and new and exciting treatments. The webinar can be viewed online via this link:


As outlined in Discoveries, supporters of the Canine Health Foundation help the organization by raising funds to further innovative canine cancer research, benefiting not only our dogs, but human medicine as well.

Since 1995, the Foundation has awarded nearly $10.8 million in support of 191 canine cancer research grants, leading to breakthroughs in treatment options and diagnosis in a number of cancer types such as lymphoma, osteosarcoma, hemangiosarcoma, and a previously untreatable form of bladder cancer.

In 2014, research included: studying personalized medicine for the treatment of canine mast cell tumors; identifying drugs that may kill cancer stem cells; increasing the effectiveness of radiation therapy in treatment of mast cell tumors; investigation of the genes controlling canine leukemia to properly diagnose and control the disease; and preventing heart damage during chemotherapy through early detection of cardiotoxicity.

Recently, the Foundation announced it had received the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities, for the third straight year. The rating reflects the Foundation’s sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency, and indicates that the organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.

Donations to support the Foundation’s canine health research can be made by calling 1-888-682-9696 or visiting the AKC Canine Health Foundation website www.akcchf.org/donate.

About the AKC Canine Health Foundation
The Raleigh, NC-based AKC Canine Health Foundation is in its 20th year of leveraging the power of science and research to improve the lives of dogs and their people. The Foundation is dedicated to preventing, treating, and curing diseases impacting all dogs while providing unbiased, professional information and resources for a new breed of dog owner. Take action because you care; find out more online at www.akcchf.org.