AKC Canine Health Foundation

AKC Canine Health Foundation

AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is supported by Australian Terrier International.

Visit them at AKC Canine Health Foundation for Australian Terriers  and consider making a donation to this organization that is providing research for the betterment of our breed.

Thanks to CHF we have studies for you to download and read.

For more information about these specific topics visit the page by clicking on the subject below.

Canine Herpes Virus (written by Errol Stone)

Canine Health Foundation (CHF)

Genome Barks (PODCASTS)

Vaccination Protocol


Patellar Luxation:   We also suggest you contact the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.
The information below is reprinted with the permission of Dr. Keller from OFFA.
Please contact them with further questions or visit their website at Official Luxar Information.

What is Patellar Luxation?

The patella, or kneecap, is part of the stifle joint (knee). In patellar luxation, the kneecap luxates, or pops out of place, either in a medial or lateral position.
Bilateral involvement is most common, but unilateral is not uncommon. Animals can be affected by the time they are 8 weeks of age. The most notable finding is a knock-knee (genu valgum) stance. The patella is usually reducible, and laxity of the medial collateral ligament may be evident. The medial retinacular tissues of the stifle joint are often thickened, and the foot can be seen to twist laterally as weight is placed on the limb.
Patellar Luxation Categories

The Patellar Luxation Database is for dogs 12 months and over. Examinations performed on dogs less than 12 months will be treated as Consultations and no OFA breed numbers will be assigned.

A method of classifying the degree of luxation and bony deformity is useful for diagnosis, and can be applied to either medial or lateral luxations by reversing the medial-lateral directional references. The position of the patella can easily be palpated starting at the tibial tubercle and working proximal along the patellar ligament to the patella.


Download and listen to these great podcasts from CHF

One Health, One Medicine Strengthening the Human-Animal Links
Mick Sampson, BJ.M. EX.
University of Tennessee
1 hr. 20 min.



New Diagnostic and Therapeutic Investigations of Neurological Disease in Dogs Simon Platt, BVM&S MRCVS
University of Georgia
1 hr. 8 min




Matters of the Heart Advances in Canine Cardiac Research
Mark Oyama DVM
University of Pennsylvania
1 hr.  3 min.



Ebenezer Satayraj PhD
Nestle Purina PetCare
55 min.
Clinical Trials in Veterinary Oncology: Past, Present and Future
David Vail DVM
University of Wisconsin
1 hr. 4 min.
Nutrients to Promote Physical Recovery in Active Dogs
Brian M. Zanghi, PhD
Nestle Purina PetCare
1 hr. 4 min.
Dalmatian Bladder Stones Not Just A Dalmatian Problem
Danika Bannasch DVM PhD University of California Davis 1 hr. 4 min.


Canine Herpesvirus-1 A New Pathogenic Role For An Old Virus
Eric ledbetter DVM
Cornell University
1 hr.