CHF and VetVine Webinar Series

The AKC Canine Health Foundation and VetVine have teamed up to offer a series of live webinars on canine health topics. These webinars feature leaders in the field of veterinary health research and offer practical advice on common health concerns, as well as information on cutting-edge research to benefit our dogs.

The live webinars feature a presentation, followed by a question and answer session. Each webinar is recorded and can be watched on demand from a computer or mobile device. All webinars require registration with VetVine.

Register today for one of our upcoming programs or watch a past webinar on demand!

Understanding Steroid Responsive Meningitis-Arteritis and Other Inflammatory Neurological Disorders in Dogs

Inflammatory conditions of the central nervous system are common in dogs. Although well described, these disorders can prove challenging to diagnose, as the cause remains poorly understood and clinical findings can be variable or nonspecific.

Dr. Karen R. Muñana will provide an initial overview of inflammatory conditions of the central nervous system of dogs, and an in-depth discussion of steroid responsive meningitis-arteritis (SRMA), focusing on characteristic clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment and long term management.

Original Air Date: November 14, 2018

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Crash, Boom, Bang: Updates on Canine Noise Phobia Treatments

Join Dr. Julia Albright and learn more about noise phobias in dogs including risk factors for development of canine noise phobias, assessment of behavioral and emotional disorders associated with noise phobias, pharmaceutical options available for treatment of noise phobic dogs, analysis of the literature and mechanisms behind new nutraceutical options for fears and anxieties, and management plans to help families and dogs cope with noise phobias.

Original Air Date: September 6, 2018

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Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA): Underlying Disease Screening in Dogs. What Should I Be Looking For?

Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) is a common cause of morbidity and mortality in dogs. Infection, neoplasia, and other triggers may contribute to the development of IMHA in susceptible patients. Unidentified underlying triggers likely contribute to treatment failure. Dr. Linda Kidd will discuss key points on immune-mediated hemolytic anemia including:

  • Evidence for infection and other comorbidities as triggers for IMHA
  • Clues - in a given case context - that help determine diseases for which individual patients should be screened
  • Data from a recent AKC Canine Health Foundation study that illustrate how to optimize detection of vector-borne disease agents commonly associated with immune-mediated disease

Original Air Date: August 22, 2018

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The Increasing Threat of Canine Leptospirosis - Keys to Diagnosis, Therapy & Prevention

Over recent years, leptospirosis has received increased attention regarding its emergence and spread in dogs throughout North America. Dr. Jason Stull and Dr. Michelle Evason will review fundamental and advanced techniques in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of this often fatal disease.

Original Air Date: April 10, 2018

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Canine Semen Evaluation & Fertility

Watch an interview with Stuart Meyers, DVM, PhD as he discusses his research about determining the characteristics of semen and how that relates to fertility. The research goes beyond standard parameters of sperm motility, morphology, and concentration as they assess semen from stud dogs at Guide Dogs for the Blind. Watch this video and learn more about current research into male fertility.

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Canine Pyometra - Why Some Dogs Don't Get Better With Medical Treatment or Experience Relapses

Dr. Marco Coutinho da Silva, DVM, MS, PhD, DACT discusses pyometra and findings of his research investigating why some cases may fail to respond to medical therapy or become a recurrent problem in dogs.

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A clinical genetics approach to understanding genetic, multiplex and health testing

Watch Jerold S. Bell, DVM present on the increasing availability of genetic screening tests, DNA tests, and how multiplex test panels also require an understanding of what the tests tell you. Watch this video and learn:

  • The practical applications for using the results of these tests to improve the health of dogs
  • The dangers for the inappropriate use of genetic tests to dog health
  • The roles of the breeder, dog owner and veterinarian in utilizing genetic tests

Original Air Date: December 6, 2017

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A Genetic Predisposition to Infections

In this specialty update, Dr. Urs Giger explains more about inherited immunodeficiencies and reveals what we've learned about the genetic predisposition of Miniature Schnauzers to avian tuberculosis - a serious and fatal infection in affected dogs. His discussion includes: - clinical presentation of affected dogs - differential diagnoses - zoonotic potential of this disease - current testing recommendations for dogs suspected of avian tuberculosis - general recommendations regarding the testing of Miniature Schnauzers.

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Read more about Dr. Giger's CHF study (02245-MOU)

What's Feeding Those Seizures?
An Update on Refractory Canine Epilepsy and the Potential Link to Gastrointestinal Health

Watch this video with Dr. Karen R. Muñana, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology) and learn about our current understanding of the mechanisms that can result in drug resistant seizures. The concept of the microbiota-gut-brain axis is introduced, and evidence presented to demonstrate the role that the gastrointestinal system plays in the development and progression of epilepsy and other neurological disorders.

Original Air Date: October 24, 2017

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Prevention Strategies for Canine Hemangiosarcoma?

See what Douglas H. Thamm, VMD, DACVIM (Oncology) has to say about cancer prevention as well as what we know about the connection between the use of vaccines, flea, tick and heartworm preventatives and cancer risk in dogs. See below to watch Dr. Thamm’s entire presentation on canine hemangiosarcoma.

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Update on Canine Hemangiosarcoma

Dr. Douglas H. Thamm, VMD, DACVIM (Oncology) will present on:
  • The clinical presentation, staging, therapy and prognosis in canine hemangiosarcoma
  • Recent findings about the biology of the disease
  • Early diagnosis and new treatment strategies 
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Exercise to Keep a Dog's Mind and Body Fit at Any Age

Cynthia M. Otto, DVM, PhD, DACVECC, DACVSMR, CCRT shares:
  • The components of a balanced exercise plan for dogs
  • Benefits of a balanced exercise plan
  • Conditions that require adjustments in exercises
  • How to train a dog to perform basic exercises when starting their fitness plan

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Cancer Immunotherapy: Basic Concepts and Strategies for Improving Treatment Outcomes

Timothy M. Fan, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (oncology) provides information on:

  • The cellular and non-cellular participants involved in tumor immunity
  • Strategies for amplifying the immune system to recognize and fight cancer cells
  • Current antitumor immune strategies, including cancer vaccines, employed in the care of companion animals to improve treatment outcomes

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Lymphoma: The State of This Disease in Dogs and How Epigenetics May Open Future Doors

Jeffrey M. Bryan, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM (oncology) provides information on:

  • Prognostic significance of lymphoma type
  • How the type influences treatment decisions
  • Therapies that are currently available
  • What the future might hold for new treatments for this disease
  • Epigenetics: what they are, their relevance to the study of cancers including lymphoma, and how they may influence our understanding of future diseases

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Tick-Borne Infectious Diseases in North America: Clinical and Zoonotic Implications

Edward Breitschwerdt, DVM, DACVIM presents on:

  • The challenge of diagnosing vector-transmitted infections
  • Treatment options
  • One Health implications of vector borne infections and the importance of education
  • New information regarding the clinical and zoonotic implications of flea and tick-borne infectious diseases of dogs

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 Dr. Chris Adolph

Fleas, Ticks, What's the Difference?

Chris Adolph, DVM, MS, DACVM (Parasitology) presents on:

  • The difference between fleas and ticks
  • Flea and tick biology and ecology
  • Expanding geographic ranges
  • Harmful infectious agents they spread

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 Jeffrey Bryan

Canine Cancer

Jeffrey M. Bryan, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM (oncology) provides information on:

  • What cancer is
  • Why dogs get cancer
  • How we treat cancer and what to expect
  • New and exciting cancer treatments

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 James Cook

Joint Health In Dogs

James L. Cook, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS, ACVSMR provides an overview on:
    • The changes in joint health with age
      • Common signs of joint problems in dogs 
        • Treating dogs with joint disease
          • Pain management
            • Exercise and nutritional considerations
              • Nutraceuticals
                • Preventing joint injury

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                 Karen Overall

                The Importance of Exercising Your Dog's Brain for  Optimal Mental and Physical Health

                Karen Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB provides information on:

                • The evidence that demonstrates the collaborative relationship between humans and dogs dating back some 30,000 years 
                • Canine signaling such as asking for more information, confirming whether information is accurate, and ensuring that they understand human requests
                • The effect of nutrition, socialization, and punishment on puppies and their problem solving abilities and cognition
                • Cognitive exercises and the effect they can have on brain aging
                • The relationship between working dog tasks and problem solving

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                 Andrew Hillier

                The Itchy Dog

                Andrew Hillier, BVSc, MANZCVS, DACVD, Senior Veterinary Specialist - Zoetis, discusses:  
                • Learn all about itching in dogs from a pet dermatology specialist including:
                • Why dogs itch
                • What pet owners can do to help reduce skin irritation
                • New treatment options available to veterinarians
                • Improving quality of life of dogs with chronic skin disease

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                 View our archive of previous webinars here.  

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