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Recognizing that the welfare of animals is an important component of a healthy and sustainable food system, United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) has worked with the ASPCA to add transparent and meaningful animal welfare standards to its restaurant certification program, REAL Certified. By 2021 all REAL Certified restaurants will be required to source a significant portion of animal products from farms or ranches that are Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane or Global Animal Partnership Steps 2 and above—three welfare certifications recognized by the ASPCA’s Shop With Your Heart campaign.

Surveys show that no matter what they eat, consumers have no appetite for animal cruelty—and they instinctively understand that raising animals in unhealthy, stressful and filthy environments may pose health risks. In recent polling, diners reported they were willing to travel farther and pay more for verifiably higher-welfare options.

USHFC developed REAL (Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership) Certified to be a mark of excellence for foodservice operators committed to nutrition and environmental stewardship, and today certifies nearly 500 restaurants in 32 states. With the addition of these animal welfare standards, REAL Certified becomes a model for consumers, chefs and foodservice operators that value animals’ welfare as a key part of a more ethical food system.

Five REAL Certified establishments, fresh & co, Sabio on Main, Genuine Foods, Ceres Project and Mossback café, have committed to transition at least one major animal product on their menus to be entirely welfare-certified. These five companies collectively serve more than 135,000 meals each week, impacting countless animals’ lives.

In addition to showing dedication to better welfare practices through certification, fresh & co. and Genuine Foods have further committed to transition their chicken meat supply to solely higher-welfare breeds reared in cleaner, more spacious and better-lit housing conditions (as defined by Global Animal Partnership) and to implement a more humane slaughter system for chickens by 2024, all verified by third-party audits.

Through their focus on plant-based menu options and now animal welfare-certified meat, egg, and dairy products, REAL Certified and their establishments represent the more humane and transparent food system that the ASPCA is working to achieve through our Shop With Your Heart initiative. We are looking forward to working with REAL Certified to add more restaurants to their program and improve the lives of farm animals across the country.

If you visit a REAL Certified establishment, make sure to learn which of their animal products are welfare-certified or plant-based, and encourage them to expand these options. And if you’re shopping for food in supermarkets, check our Shop With Your Heart grocery list before you go to find out which brands are welfare-certified. 

 
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FEBRUARY 2017

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March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month: Promote Safety!

Are these common household items within reach of your patients? Take time this month to remind patient families to sweep their home for any hazards that can be moved or put away to prevent future risks.

Household Cleaners
Certain Plants (Complete List)
Potpourri and Candles
Medications
Certain Foods (Chocolate, macadamia nuts, onions to name a few)
Citronella Candles
Ice Melters
Cocoa Mulch
Fabric Softener Sheets
Rodent and Pest Traps

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Celebrate Pet Dental Health Month with your Senior Pet

Do you have your recommended dental appointments scheduled for this year? How about for your dog or cat? February is Pet Dental Health Month, and it’s an important reminder that just like you, your pets can experience plaque and tartar build up that can eventually lead to periodontal disease.  

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10 Facts You Should Know About the Westminster Dog Show

The events of the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show begin on February 11, 2017. This venerable event allows all of us to see some amazing dogs doing some truly amazing things, whether you are cheering for the giant Irish Wolfhound or the tiny Yorkie.

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Cognitive Health Resources for Veterinarians

The Neutricks Vet Portal is an area on the Neutricks website that provides research, marketing materials, a vet directory and other resources for veterinarians to ensure you are have what you need to promote, educate and consult on Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome with your patients.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (August 29, 2016) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat and cure diseases in all dogs, announces an exciting new grant that aims to address thyroid disease in dogs. Funding for this grant is made possible by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), a long-time partner of CHF.

Hypothyroidism is one of the most common endocrine disorders in adult dogs with a majority of cases caused by autoimmune thyroiditis (AIT). The dog’s own immune system attacks the thyroid gland causing progressive, irreversible destruction of thyroid gland cells resulting in loss of thyroid hormone production. This disorder is similar to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, a leading cause of hypothyroidism in people.

Brian Petroff, DVM, PhD and Kent R. Refsal, DVM, PhD of Michigan State University will study dogs with elevated thyroglobulin autoantibodies (TgAA) as a marker for early stage AIT. Identification of elevated TgAA with otherwise normal thyroid hormone concentrations is referred to as ‘subclinical thyroiditis.’ Dogs with subclinical thyroiditis are considered at risk of progression to hypothyroidism. It is assumed that while dogs with subclinical thyroiditis have increased TgAA, the rate of progression to hypothyroidism varies, and not all dogs with increased TgAA will become hypothyroid. Drs. Petroff and Refsal aim to more accurately define the proportion of dogs that subsequently develop hypothyroidism, and a progression timeline.

“Year after year, thyroid disease has been listed among the top ten parent club health concerns. The OFA is pleased to join our long-standing partner, the AKC Canine Health Foundation, and one of the country’s leading endocrine labs at Michigan State University, in pursuing and funding this important research,” said Eddie Dziuk, OFA chief operating officer.

 “OFA continues to be a strong ally in our mission to improve the health and wellness of all dogs,” said Dr. Diane Brown, CHF CEO. “Thyroid disease remains an important canine health concern, and this project will help us better understand the progression of thyroid disorders in dogs, with potential to improve understanding of the disease in humans as well.”

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About CHF 
For more than 20 years, the Raleigh, NC-based AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science and research to improve the lives of dogs and their people. The Foundation works to prevent, treat, and cure diseases that impact all dogs, while providing professional information and resources for a new breed of dog owner. Take action because you care; find out more online at www.akcchf.org.

When Man Meets DOG

...it leads to a unique friendship; one that can change men's lives

Have you ever wondered why dogs are considered, 'man's best friend?' Psychologist Dr. Christopher Blazina explains the importance of the unique bond between men and dogs. There are widely-held beliefs that males naturally transition into a state of self-imposed seclusion and emotional detachment in adulthood. Even relying on another person violates the rules of being a man.When Man Meets Dogexplores how the bond with animal companions bypasses many of these barriers, helping males develop into happier, healthier men. What a difference a dog can make!
It's also important to discuss the other side of attachment: loss. Again, the mixed messages men receive lead to difficulties with managing grief.When Man Meets Dogis the first book to discuss men's 'continuing bonds' with a lost animal companion. A continuing bond is a new way of reconnecting and preserving the memory of this unique connection.
When Man Meets Dogis a memoir with a purpose. Chris shares his very personal story of how two shelter dogs not only changed the direction of his life, but also how he defines what it means to be a man.

Dr Chris Blazinais a psychologist, professor, and author. Specializing in men's psychology, Dr Blazina is now applying that knowledge to an in-depth understanding of 'man's best friend.' He has written three books focused on the psychology of men, and two additional books guiding researchers and clinicians about the importance of animal companions in our lives. Dr Blazina has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the United States and Canada, ranging from National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Company, to Sirius XM. He has been quoted in popular magazines, such as Cosmopolitan and Women's Health, and in newspapers, such as the Huffington Post. His latest book, When Man Meets Dog is a memoir with a purpose, explaining the meaning of the human-animal bond from a male perspective. This includes sharing his own story about how two shelter dogs not only changed the trajectory of his own life, but how he redefines what it means to be a man in our society.
 
For more information, please visit:http://www.chrisblazinaphd.com/
 
FormatPaperback |160 pages
  • 152 x 225 x 13mm | 232g
  • 28 Apr 2016
  • Veloce Publishing Ltd
  • Hubble&Hattie an Imprint of Veloce Publishing Ltd
English
  • 1845848799
  • 9781845848798

Hemp Health Inc. Releases “Cannabidiol” (CBD) Supplements for Pets

Hemp-based supplements offer natural, medicinal properties without getting pets ‘high’

CARLSBAD, Calif. – October XX, 2014 – Hemp Health Inc., a pioneer in hemp cannabidiol (CBD) products, today introduced Pharma CBD Pet, a new line of CBD supplements designed specifically for animals. Appropriate for dogs, cats and other mammals, the CBD supplements are available in spray, capsule and topical salve form. For veterinarians and pet owners seeking safe alternatives to prescription medicines, Hemp Health Inc.’s Pharma CBD Pet offers the therapeutic ingredient in cannabis without the negative, psychoactive side effects of medical marijuana.

Legal in all 50 U.S. states and 42 countries, CBD is the chemical compound that researchers have overwhelmingly identified as the active medicinal ingredient in cannabis. According to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, laboratory, animal and preclinical testing have demonstrated that CBD may have anti-tumor effects as well as anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain relieving) properties. In addition, researchers are actively investigating CBD’s potential to treat epilepsy, anxiety, arthritis, neurodegeneration, nausea and other medical issues.

Hemp Health Inc.’s new pet products allow veterinarians and pet owners to provide dogs and cats with CBD as an alternative or complement to prescription medicines. The CBD sprays can be administered directly into the animal’s mouth and the CBD capsules can be mixed with food. The pet versions of Hemp Health Inc.’s products offer comparable potency to the company’s Pharma CBD for people.

Dr. Dave Bourgouin, a chiropractor and proponent of natural medicines, currently uses Hemp Health Inc.’s Pharma CBD Pet for his dog, Reef. Dr. Bourgouin began to give Reef CBD when the dog was experiencing severe arm pain caused by a cyst that was exerting pressure on a nerve.

According to Dr. Bourgouin, “CBD hit three birds with one stone. Its anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects have clearly reduced Reef’s pain over the last month and a half. CBD has also leveled out Reef’s mood, and I no longer need to give him an antidepressant as I was recommended to do before. I’m happy to have Reef on natural CBD instead of three strong medications, and I intend to keep him on the supplement.”

“Veterinarians and pet owners deserve access to CBD, and we’re encouraged when customers like Dr. Bourgouin report back with good results,” said Katarina Maloney, co-founder of Hemp Health Inc. “The research on CBD is promising, and we’re determined to give pet owners access to an affordable supplement.”

While Hemp HealthInc.sells CBD Pet products directly to consumers online, veterinarians can also become resellers of Hemp Health Inc.’s CBD spray and capsules. Hemp Health Inc. offers a drop-ship option so that veterinarians may offer pet owners Pharma CBD Pet productswithout storing them at the clinic.

To learn more about Hemp Health Inc.’s pet products, visit https://hemphealthinc.com/product-category/cbd-pet-health/

About Hemp Health Inc.

Hemp Health Inc. is a developer, retailer and wholesaler of hemp cannabidiol (CBD) supplements. The company offers CBD in capsule, raw oil and oral spray form for both human beings and pets. Hemp Health Inc.’s products are made with federally legal CBD derived from industrial hemp stalk grown on generational family farms in Europe. Organic, non-GMO, kosher and vegan, Hemp Health Inc.’s products are legal in all 50 states. Learn more at www.hemphealthinc.com.

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AKC Canine Health Foundation Announces Continued Funding for Research into Health Implications of Early Spay and Neuter in Dogs

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 30, 2014) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is pleased to announce additional funding for continuing research on the health implications of early spay and neuter in dogs. The funding was awarded to Dr. Benjamin L. Hart of the University of California, Davis to expand his earlier work and consider breed differences in vulnerability to joint disorders and risks of various cancers after early or late spay/neuter.

Last year, Dr. Hart and a team of researchers published their phase one findings, “Neutering Dogs: Effects on Joint Disorders and Cancers in Golden Retrievers,” also funded by CHF, in the prominent, open access journal PLOS One, suggesting that veterinarians should be more cautious about the age at which they spay and neuter in order to protect the overall health of dogs. Currently, most dogs in the United States are spayed or neutered prior to maturity. Dr. Hart’s first phase of research looked at incidence of cancer diagnoses and joint problems in one breed -- Golden Retrievers -- by neuter status: early (before 12 months old), late (12 months or older), and intact. Consistent with previous studies on the topic, the results showed increased likelihood of hemangiosarcoma, lymphoma, mast cell tumors, and canine cruciate ligament (CCL) rupture in neutered dogs.

Phase two of Dr. Hart’s research will include: Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherd Dogs and Dachshunds. Rottweilers, Chihuahuas, Standard Poodles and Miniature Poodles will be included if resources and patient data are available. The expectation is that by the inclusion of multiple breeds in phase two, Dr. Hart will be able to develop a generalized understanding of the impact of early spay and neuter on disease risk in dogs. This in turn will enable veterinarians and breeders to make data-driven recommendations regarding timing of spay/neuter procedures to reduce the risk of development of multiple devastating diseases.

“Dr. Hart’s landmark study was the first to provide evidence for when to spay or neuter dogs,” said Dr. Shila Nordone, Chief Scientific Officer for the AKC Canine Health Foundation. “We are pleased to help fund Dr. Hart’s work and we hope that the additional findings through phase two will assist the veterinary community as they assess recommendations on when to spay or neuter and how the timing of these procedures may impact the health of dogs.”

According to Nordone, “We believe that the impact of Dr. Hart’s research will be immediate and broad. CCL, for example, is a disease that is painful, debilitating, and costs dog owners $1 billion annually to treat. The AKC Canine Health Foundation is committed to funding research, like Dr. Hart’s study, that can lead to evidence-based health recommendations. Armed with prudent guidelines for when to spay and neuter dogs we will have a significant impact on the quality of life for dogs.”

CHF is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research to prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Visit CHF online at http://www.akcchf.org/ for more information about the Foundation. Like CHF on Facebook, follow CHF on Twitter @CanineHealthFnd, or connect with CHF on LinkedIn.



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About CHF

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs live longer, healthier lives by funding research that helps prevent, treat, and cure canine disease. Established in 1995, CHF’s mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound, scientific research and supporting the dissemination of canine health information. Through the generous support of the American Kennel Club, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health), dog clubs, and dog owners worldwide, CHF has dedicated more than $40 million to canine health research projects and education programs. Visit CHF online at http://www.akcchf.org/ for more information.

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AKC Canine Health Foundation Receives 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator 

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 14, 2014) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation is pleased to announce it has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, bases their evaluation on sound fiscal management practices and a commitment to accountability and transparency. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) adheres to sound governance, while consistently executing its mission in a fiscally responsible way.

According to Charity Navigator, only a quarter of the charities it evaluates have received its highest 4-star rating. Since its first review 12 years ago, CHF has received the 4-star rating eight different times.

Since 1995, CHF has funded over $40 million for research and educational programs to prevent, treat, and cure canine disease. With the support of its donors, CHF has funded research that has led to improved diagnosis of canine diseases, development of more effective treatments, and the identification of disease prevention strategies. In 2013 CHF launched two major initiatives to fight gastric dilatation (GDV or bloat) and canine cancer, in addition to advancing research on more than a dozen other conditions that affect the lives of all dogs.

“We are honored to receive Charity Navigator’s highest rating,” said Terry T. Warren, CHF CEO and General Counsel. “This distinction reflects our accountability to all our constituencies and our commitment to our mission: helping all dogs live longer, healthier lives.”

Forbes, Business Week, and Kiplinger’s Financial Magazine have all profiled Charity Navigator’s unique method of applying data-driven analysis to the charitable sector. Receiving four stars indicates the charity has demonstrated sound fiscal management and accountability, a commitment to openness, and shows long-term financial health.  CHF is pleased to have earned an overall rating of 60.74 on a scale of 0 – 70.

To learn more about CHF and its commitment to the health of all dogs, visit http://www.akcchf.org/. To see the AKC Canine Health Foundation rating visit Charity Navigator.

CHF is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research to prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Visit CHF online at http://www.akcchf.org/ for more information about the Foundation. Like CHF on Facebook, follow CHF on Twitter @CanineHealthFnd, or connect with CHF on LinkedIn.

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About CHF
The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs live longer, healthier lives by funding research that helps prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Established in 1995, CHF’s mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound scientific research and supporting the dissemination of canine health information. Through the generous support of the American Kennel Club, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health), dog clubs and dog owners worldwide, CHF has dedicated more than $40 million to canine health research projects and education programs. Visit CHF online at http://www.akcchf.org/ for more information.

DogTread Launches Innovative FUNctional

Fitness Apparel Nationwide

The DogTread® 4-in-1 K9FITvest™ is fun wearable fitness apparel that provides dogs not only a calorie-burning boost, but also therapeutic, sensory integration and safety benefits.

OGDEN, Utah (April 11, 2013) – DogTread has announced that its newest ground-breaking fitness product, the gravity enhanced and patent-pending K9FITvest, will be available nationwide starting June 2013 both online and in stores. Manufactured by PetZen® … the company that brought you the award-winning DogTread®, treadmills for dogs, the K9FITvest uses a progressive program called the Fitness Level Scoring System™ to help direct gradual strengthening of a dog’s body from the inside out.

“We are very excited that our latest fitness tool will now be available to a larger number of dog owners,” says Krista Wickens, co-owner of PetZen Products. “The K9FITvest is simply – Wearable Fitness. It helps to increase the intensity level of any dog activity. Now an evening stroll around the block can become a Chi-Power-Walk aimed at improving canine endurance and strength, while reducing anxiety and stress.”

The gravity-enhanced K9FITvest (MSRP $69.99) was cleverly designed to integrate resistance and four-way compression control to work naturally with a dogs body and mentally to reduce anxiety. The design also aids in preventing excessive shifting or sliding of weights, relative to the canine’s skin, during typical activities like running or walking. Additional benefits include a therapeutic cold pack option for cooling muscles; and for safety, reflective piping helps make dogs more visible during nighttime walks.

The K9FITvest is sold with an exercise program that was designed with vet approval to help guide owners on proper use and exercise form.

Uses for the K9 FITvest include:

Increasing Endurance, Calorie-burn, Building Strength, Body Awareness, Enhancing Flexibility, Proprioception/Balance Training, Prevention of arthritis, Rehabilitation Therapy, Sensory Integration for Anxiety, General Obedience Training.

The K9FITvest is available in sizes extra-small through extra-large and includes prescribed weights for three different fitness levels - Level 1 is the recommended starting level for all dogs, Level 2 and Level 3 weights can also be used with the vest, but are sold separately to encourage all dog owners to start at a Level 1. Additional colors and patterns are slated to be available for fall 2013 for further retail expansion. As well vests can be customized with company logos.

Experts using the K9FITvest have this to say:

“The K9 fit vest is an exciting new product taking k9 fitness to the next level,” said Anthony Woerner, PTA, CCRP and Animal Rehab Specialist for Animal Health Options. “Its innovative design allows good freedom of movement while also being conscious of dog anatomy and functional movements. It is a good way to increase strength, and performance when used
properly."

“Proper form and function is what you want to influence when adding resistance to any training program,” said Erika McElwey, EqCnTPM, owner of Change Your Range specializing in Muscle Strengthening Programs for equines and canines. “I have been using the vest with my client’s dogs to prepare for Nationals. They are different dogs when wearing it. I see improvement in their stance immediately when wearing the vest – almost perfect – they reach more in the front when moving. I am very impressed.”

About the Company

Located at the base of the Wastatch Mountains in Ogden, Utah, PetZen® Products is a marketer, manufacturer, designer and distributor of pet products. From canine fitness equipment, including the award-winning DogTread® Treadmills, to travel and grooming gear; PetZen specializes in innovative solutions that were designed for the way unique way dogs move, think and learn. For more information about PetZen®, DogTread® Dog Treadmills or the K9 FITvest™ please visit their websites at www.dogtread.com and www.petzenproducts.com

Theme of ‘Love Your Pet, See Your Vet’ reminds pet owners to show they love their pet with the gift of good health

(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) May 2, 2013—Pet owners love to show their pets affection by showering them with toys, fancy collars and even clothes. In fact, a recent survey indicated dog and cat owners spent $5 billion on gifts for their dogs and cats during the 2012 holiday season. During National Pet Week May 5 – 11 the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reminds pet owners the gift of good health is the best way to show you truly care.

This year’s theme, “Love Your Pet, See Your Vet,” reminds pet owners that regular veterinary medical checkups can detect disease early and keep your pet healthy and happy for many years to come. According to the 2012 AVMA U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographic Sourcebook, nearly 90 percent of dog owners and 75 percent of cat owners indicated that routine check-ups and preventive care are either very or somewhat important. However, the same study revealed that from 2006 to 2011, the number households not visiting the veterinarian increased by 8 percent for dog owners and 24 percent for cat owners.

“Regular veterinary visits are important because many times pets will hide symptoms of illness, so you need your veterinarian’s skill and expertise to keep your pets healthy,” says Dr. Douglas Aspros, president of the AVMA. “Providing pets with regular preventive care is the key to a healthy and long life for your pet, and it can save you hundreds – or even thousands – of dollars by preventing or identifying problems earlier, when they may be easier to treat and less expensive to solve,” said Dr. Aspros.

This National Pet Week, the AVMA urges you to talk with your veterinarian about your pet’s healthcare and what, if any, special needs your pet might have. The AVMA, your state veterinary medical association and your local veterinarian have tremendous resources for you.

For more information about National Pet week, please visit http://www.petweek.org/. For more information about the AVMA, please visit www.avma.org.

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The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world, with more than 84,000 member veterinarians worldwide engaged in a wide variety of professional activities.

AKC Canine Health Foundation-funded research offers interesting insight into the health implications of early spay and neuter in dogs.


RALEIGH, N.C. (February 25, 2013) – Recent results from research funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation have the potential to significantly impact recommendations for spaying and neutering dogs in the United States. Most dogs in the United States are spayed or neutered, and for years the procedures have been completed prior to maturity. The study, published in the prominent, open access journal PLOS One, suggests that veterinarians should be more cautious about the age at which they spay and neuter in order to protect the overall health of dogs.

A team of researchers led by Dr. Benjamin L. Hart at the University of California, Davis has completed the most detailed study performed to date that evaluates incidence of cancer diagnoses and joint problems in one breed -- Golden Retrievers -- by neuter status: early (before 12 months old), late (12 months or older), and intact. Consistent with previous studies on the topic, the results showed increased likelihood of hemangiosarcoma, lymphoma, mast cell tumors, and canine cruciate ligament (CCL) rupture in neutered dogs.

The most profound observations were in hip dysplasia in male dogs when comparing early and late-neutering. The risk of development of hip dysplasia doubles, and disease occurs at a younger age in the early-neuter group compared to both the intact and late-neuter group. No occurrence of CCL disease was observed in intact male or intact female dogs, or in late-neutered females. In early-neutered dogs, the incidence of CCL was 5.1 percent in males and 7.7 percent in females, suggesting that neutering prior to sexual maturity significantly increases a dog’s risk of developing CCL disease. With respect to cancer, cases of lymphoma were 3-fold greater in the early-neutered males. Interestingly, incidence of mast cell tumors (male and female dogs) and hemangiosarcoma (female dogs only) were highest in the late-neuter group.

“Dr. Hart’s landmark study is the first to provide evidence for when to spay or neuter dogs. For years the veterinary community has been aware that early-spay and neuter may impact orthopedic health in dogs. Through a very detailed analysis and inclusion of body condition score as a risk factor, Dr. Hart was able to show that timing of spay and neuter does indeed have health implications,” said Dr. Shila Nordone, Chief Scientific Officer for the AKC Canine Health Foundation.

“CCL disease is painful, debilitating, and costs dog owners $1 billion annually to treat. The AKC Canine Health Foundation is committed to funding research, like Dr. Hart’s study, that can lead to evidence-based health recommendations. Armed with prudent guidelines for when to spay and neuter dogs we will have a significant impact on the quality of life for dogs,” continued Dr. Nordone.

Importantly, the task at hand is now to determine if the observations in this study are indeed true across all breeds and mixed breeds of dogs. Dr. Hart is interested in continuing his work by studying Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherd Dogs, and Dachshunds. Additionally, gaps in knowledge continue to exist concerning the complex relationship between sex hormones and cancer.

Last summer the AKC Canine Health Foundation released a podcast interview with Dr. Hart on his early-spay and neuter research as part of a series dedicated to the health of the canine athlete. To listen to the podcast visit www.akcchf.org/canineathlete

The publication “Neutering Dogs: Effects on Joint Disorders and Cancers in Golden Retrievers” is available online through the open access journal PLOS One. The work was funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation with sponsorship from the Golden Retriever Foundation, Schooley's Mountain Kennel Club, the Siberian Husky Club of America, and the Vizsla Club of America Welfare Foundation.

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About CHF
The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs live longer, healthier lives by funding research that helps prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Established in 1995, CHF’s mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound, scientific research and supporting the dissemination of canine health information. Through the generous support of the American Kennel Club, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Zoetis, dog clubs and dog owners worldwide, CHF has dedicated more than $35 million to canine health research projects and education programs. Visit CHF online at www.akcchf.org for more information.

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