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New York, N.Y. –The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and advocate for all dogs, continues its commitment to students pursuing their education in veterinary studies with the announcement of the 2019 AKC Veterinary Outreach Scholarship recipients.

This scholarship is designed to support individuals with a background of participation in AKC events and programs, who seek to promote animal health and medicine. A total of $35,000 in scholarship money was awarded.

Recipients of the AKC Veterinary Outreach Scholarship are: Julia O’Rourke (Purdue University), Courtney Wicker (North Carolina State University), Holly Arnold (Oregon State University), Hannah Loonsk (University of Pennsylvania), Tyler Myers (North Carolina State University), Julia Zuercher (Virginia-Maryland Regional College), Corene Bruhns (Cornell University), Emily Eppler (Kansas State), Kaitlin Gonzales (Oregon State University), Therese Millet (University of Illinois), Dylan DeProspero (North Carolina State University), Kaitlyn Dreese (University of Pennsylvania), Alison Folsom (Tufts University), Gabrielle Rands (Mississippi State University), Charlotte Wissel (University of Florida).

“The recipients of this scholarship are truly dedicated to the world of purebred dogs and the health and well-being of animals. They have worked hard to balance their demanding school schedules with participation in AKC events,” said Mari-Beth O’Neill, VP of Sport Services. “We are very proud of them and look forward to seeing their impact on the future of veterinary medicine.”



About the American Kennel Club

Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization, which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function.  Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog.  For more information, visit www.akc.org.

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RALEIGH, NC (September 19, 2018) –The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF)  has extended their matched funding opportunity for the 2018 Hemangiosarcoma Research Initiative. To date, the American Kennel Club (AKC) has matched $250,000 in donations made to CHF’s Hemangiosarcoma Research Initiative. In early August, the Golden Retriever Foundation (GRF) generously pledged to match donations up to an additional $50,000. Now the Flat-Coated Retriever Foundation (FCRF) pledges another $25,000 in matched funds. This brings CHF’s matched fundraising opportunity through the Hemangiosarcoma Research Initiative to a total of $325,000.“By collaborating with the AKC and breed foundations such as the Golden Retriever Foundation and the Flat-Coated Retriever Foundation, we will continue to find and fund the best research to address this devastating cancer in dogs,” states Dr. Diane Brown, CHF CEO. “We are committed to finding new options for dog lovers and their canine companions affected by this disease.”Hemangiosarcoma is a rapidly progressing cancer of the cells that line canine blood vessels. It most often affects a dog’s spleen and heart. Since 1995, CHF has invested in research to better understand the biology and progression of canine hemangiosarcoma in an effort to design new and effective approaches for prevention and treatment. CHF will continue to expand its hemangiosarcoma research funding opportunities through this initiative as part of its diverse portfolio of more than 140 currently active canine health research grants"The Flat-Coated Retriever Foundation is committed to a vision of future generations of sound and healthy Flat-Coats,” states Cheryl Kistner, FCRF President. “We are proud to partner with the AKC Canine Health Foundation on their Hemangiosarcoma Research Initiative to provide hope for the future good health of Flat-Coats and all dogs.”"The Golden Retriever Foundation is committed to finding a cause and cure for hemangiosarcoma, a horrible cancer that defies early detection and lacks a remedy,” states John Cotter, GRF President. “We hope this extended match will allow individuals and organizations who have been adversely affected by hemangiosarcoma to participate in eradicating this disease.”Since 1995 CHF has awarded more than $13 million in grants for canine cancer research. These research grants have helped scientists study cancer at the cellular level and provided breakthroughs in diagnostic and treatment options, allowing veterinarians to diagnose cancer earlier and treat it more effectively. The Hemangiosarcoma Research Initiative was started in January 2018 to focus on a better understanding of the biology and progression of this aggressive cancer. Thanks to the generous support of its donors and the collaborative efforts of the AKC, GRF, and FCRF, CHF will continue to invest in canine health research so that all dogs can live longer, healthier lives. To learn more and to join us to meet this match, visit www.akcchf.org/hemangiosarcoma.

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About AKC Canine Health Foundation
Since 1995, the AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science to address the health needs of all dogs. The Foundation funds the highest quality canine health research and shares information on funded discoveries that help prevent, treat and cure canine diseases. The Foundation exceeds industry standards for fiscal responsibility as demonstrated by their four-star rating from Charity Navigator and Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar. Learn more at www.akcchf.org.About the Flat-Coated Retriever Foundation
Founded in 1998, the Flat-Coated Retriever Foundation (FCRF) funds research into cancer and other health problems affecting Flat-Coated Retrievers. Their funded projects fight existing diseases and study inherited problems to provide breeders with the information necessary to make wise breeding choices that will produce future generations of sound and healthy Flat-Coats. FCRF also funds rescue efforts to ensure that abandoned Flat-Coats can be well cared for and placed in good homes. Learn more at www.fcrfoundation.org. About the Golden Retriever Foundation
The Golden Retriever Foundation’s mission is to foster and promote the public's knowledge and appreciation of dogs in general and Golden Retrievers in particular; to further understanding of the diseases, genetic defects, injuries and other ailments that afflict dogs in general and Golden Retrievers in particular; to promote and assist the development, publication and dissemination of educational materials about the proper care, treatment, breeding, health, development and training of Golden Retrievers; and to foster and promote the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of displaced Golden Retrievers. Learn more at www.goldenretrieverfoundation.org.


"Yin & Yang Nutrition for Dogs"
-A Natural Approach to Pet Health-

Home cooking for your dog may sound extravagant, but the key to good health is proper nutrition and pets are no exception. Canned, processed pet food has been directly linked to poor pet health and the truth is processed foods are just as bad for pets as they are for humans.Luckily, making food for your dog doesn’t have to be complicated or costly! In her new book,Yin & Yang Nutrition for Dogs,holistic veterinarian, Dr. Judy Morgan will show you easy, whole food recipes to keep your dog naturally healthy (and off medication.)


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Yin & Yang Nutrition for Dogs: Maximizing Health With Whole Foods, Not Drugsis the ultimate health and wellness guide every dog owner needs to have.

This book details the importance of pet nutrition, and shows how to use food therapy to keep your dog naturally healthy. Author and holistic veterinarian, Dr. Judy Morgan has a passion for healing her patients with whole foods, minimizing medications and chemicals, allowing the body to heal from within. In this book she offers a variety of different menus options and easy-to-follow recipes that can be customized for your dog's specific health issues and even their personality type!




While many pet owners like the idea of feeding their dogs a natural, whole foods diet, the logistics and cost of doing so can be overwhelming. This book is an easy-to-use and fun resource that proves cooking for your pet doesn't have to be costly or time consuming.Why should you prepare food for your pets? It’s simple. The pet food industry has let you down. Today it is widely known and accepted that diet and nutrition is linked to good health for humans but the vet industry has yet to catch up. Since the advent of processed food for pets, the pandemic of degenerative health problems has escalated in dogs and cats. People have depended on the pet food industry to provide wholesome nutrition to keep their pets healthy. Pet food labels often include words likeholistic, natural, andhuman grade; but in reality, ingredients are often waste products from the human food industry or rendered meals from diseased animal carcasses. The pet food industry has spent millions of advertising and teaching dollars to convince veterinarians and the pet-owning public that the only way to provide a complete diet is to feed processed industrial food....but the truth is, processed foods are just as bad for pets as they are for humans."If your dog is eating a prescription diet recommended by your veterinarian you are most likely paying a lot for a product that is not optimal for your pet,"says Judy Morgan, DVM, who operates two veterinary hospitals in New Jersey that offer an integrative approach to pet care combining holistic medicine with traditional western techniques.In this book, Dr. Morgan offers tips and interesting information on animal health and wellness that is useful for any pet owner. Dr. Morgan shows pet owners how to determine the right ingredients and quantities based on their pets’ health, condition, and behavior. The language is understandable without being over simplified and the book includes a wealth of photographs making the recipes easy-to-follow.

"Yin & Yang Nutrition for Dogs is a dog nutrition Bible for anyone who wants to keep their dog in peak condition. While there are a number of websites dedicated to whole and raw food canine diets, this is the most detailed and information-rich resource I’ve encountered."

-Jack Magnus, Amazon Reviewer



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Dr. Judy Morgan is a nationally renowned author, speaker, and holistic veterinarian best known forhealing her patients with whole foods, minimizing medications and chemicals, allowing the body to heal from within.Dr. Morganhas received critical acclaim in the veterinary industry for integrating Eastern and Western medicine in her two award-winning veterinary practices in New Jersey.She is the author of three books on holistic pet care including the recently released titleYin & Yang, a holistic cookbook for dogs.  An active speaker and blogger, Morgan's social media sites reach millions of pet owners worldwide. Dr, Morgan is Chief Veterinary Medical Officer for Monkey's House Senior Dog Hospice and works with rescue groups for homeless dogs.

For More Information Visit: www.drjudymorgan.com

The Vet Set Attending AKC Meet The Breeds on February 13th, Booth #139

The Vet Set, New York City’s In Home Veterinary Care Concierge Service, is attending the AKC Meet The Breeds event on Saturday, February 13th at Piers 92/94 in NYC – Booth #139

New York, NY – February 4, 2016 –The Vet Set is excited to announce they will be in attendance for the highly anticipated AKC Meet The Breeds event on Saturday, February 13th at Piers 92/94 in New York City. Participants are encouraged to stop by The Vet Set Booth #139 for an opportunity to ask pet healthy questions, get involved in the #WinterBestiesNYC photo contest, and check out must-have pet products! 

The Vet Set’s in-home/office pet care service has had great success since launching in October 2015. Going to the vet can be quite a scary experience for our furry friends. There are many factors that trigger this anxiety during a vet visit; unfamiliar smells, sounds, sick animals, and often, the anxious energy both pets and owners bring to the facility. Overall, stress in pets is unhealthy and should be avoided at all costs. 

Now there is no longer a need to transport our pets to and from the vet. Doctors of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Taylor Truitt and Dr. Eva Radke created The Vet Set; a concierge service which allows both owner and pet to enjoy their time at home while their team of trained veterinarians make sure all animals are in tip top shape! Learn more at: http://vetset.net/.

The seventh annual AKC Meet The Breeds event gives dog lovers the unique opportunity to meet and play with more than 100 different breeds, all while learning about responsible dog ownership and which breeds may be right for them. Learn more about AKC Meet The Breeds: http://www.akc.org/meet-the-breeds/

February marks two special pet celebrations: Responsible Pet Owners Month and Pet Dental Health Month. Now is the perfect time for owners to brush up on pet health responsibilities. Join The Vet Set team at the AKC Meet the Breeds show for a unique opportunity to ask pet health questions to their veterinarian experts. Attendees can also check out the recently launched AKC Paw Tech Dog Boot line. Paw Tech Dog Boots are a simple, stylish and effective solution for protecting paws and conquering the harsh winter months and beyond! Learn more about AKC Paw Tech: http://pawtech.com/

The Vet Set wants to see your furry friend in their happiest state of mind this winter, and what better place to find happiness than at the AKC Meet The Breeds? Pet owners who drop by The Vet Set booth can get involved in photo contest fun for a chance to win over $1,000 in prizes! The Vet Set’s #WinterBestiesNYC Photo Contest begins on Thursday, January 14th at noon and will end on Sunday, February 21st at midnight. Owners are encouraged to capture their pet’s best indoor or outdoor winter look by simply submitting to social media pages. 

The Vet Set will be snapping photos of four-legged friends at their Booth #139 as a way to kick-off the contest. Official entry is through The Vet Set Facebook page; however submissions can also be uploaded to The Vet Set Facebook or Instagram pages using hashtag#WinterBestiesNYC.

Learn more about the contest: https://www.prlog.org/12526053-the-vet-set-launches-winterbestiesnyc-photo-contest.html

About The Vet Set: The Vet Set was founded by Dr. Taylor Truitt and Dr. Eva Radke to bring the best veterinary care to your home, office, or hotel in Manhattan and Brooklyn 7 days a week. Stress interferes with your pet's health, so you can now eliminate the anxiety of an office visit and let The Vet Set come to you. We offer preventative medicine, vaccines, diagnostic testing, health certificates, acupuncture, and hospice care. With an easy to use app and also telemedicine we make it easier than ever to keep in touch with your vet! Learn more about The Vet Set Here: http://vetset.net/.   

Connect Socially:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VetSetNYC/

Twitter: @TheVetSetNYC

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thevetset/.

About AKC Paw Tech: AKC Paw Tech protects paws from harsh elements and external irritants such as salt, sand, rough terrain, and hot pavements. These flexible and easy to fit boots come in a variety of sporty colors to match your style for every season throughout the year. 

AKC Paw Tech consists of a lightweight outer nylon that easily fits your pet's foot, and a reflective velcro strap to hold it all in place. A soft, breathable, lightweight poly lining keeps paws feeling cozy and comfortable. The rubber soles underneath provide traction and help protect your canine from slipping and skidding. Paw print motif decorates the sole. Available in various styles to fit your pup’s lifestyle best: The All-Weather Dog Boot, Neoprene Dog Boot, Camo Neoprene Dog Boot and the Extreme Dog Boot.  Learn more at: http://pawtech.com/.

Purchase AKC Paw Tech Weather Boots Today: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B011Q2VIC4?m=A1LF42PCC38QSE&....

Connect Socially:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/akcpawtech/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paw.tech/


Bringing the Best Veterinary Medicine When You Need It, Where You Need It

Stay. Heal. Chill.

Dr. Taylor says, “Veterinary medicine hasn’t changed in decades, it’s time to bring it up to speed in the same way human medicine is being delivered - and we are literally delivering it to your home.” She adds, “We all want the same care for our pets as we do for our kids because for many of us, they are our kids and we care for them in exactly the same way.”

Dr. Taylor Truitt, DVM

Dr. Taylor Truitt knew since she was four years old that she wanted to be a veterinarian when she grew up.  She started working in veterinary practices when she was 18. Her lifelong passion and adoration of dogs and cats transitioned into her professional commitment to their physical and mental well-being when she graduated from veterinary school. She went on to complete a rigorous internship in Los Angeles, CA focusing on cardiology, internal medicine, and emergency medicine.

Dr. Truitt then went into private practice and started her study of traditional Chinese veterinary medicine and acupuncture at the Chi Institute in Florida. She believes that a foundation of preventative medicine combined with solid mental stimulation and good nutrition leads to a long and fun life for our furry friends.  Dr. Truitt has a
strong interest in internal medicine, dermatology and allergy
management, care of our senior and geriatric friends, dental care, and
pain management.

Dr. Truitt graduated from Kansas State University School of Veterinary
Medicine in 2006 and became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist from
the Chi Institute in 2008. In 2014, she earned her MBA from the
University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business.  In her
spare time she’s an avid skier, scuba diver, and waxes poetically over
California wines. Dr. Taylor Truitt is owned by a French Bulldog Noah,
and she loves taking care of all the brachycephalic or “smoosh faced”
breeds.  She also has two very demanding cats Linus and Pia.

Why does my dog bark?

1) To get your attention – she may want to eat, go outside, play or simply get attention from you

2) Because she is frustrated – she may be bored or was left outside/inside for too long

3) Because she is scared – some dogs will bark out of fear of people, other dogs, new experiences, loud noises, new objects in the house

4) To protect you and the home – she may bark if she feels there is a potential intruder outside (human or other dog/animal)

5) Because she is excited – many dogs will bark out of excitement when friends come to visit or they go for a ride in the car, to a new dog park, etc.

6) Because of health issues – some older dogs with deafness or Canine Cognitive Dysfuntion(dementia) will bark because they can’t hear themselves or are confused

What to do about the barking?

Training a dog not to bark can be difficult and often takes a lot of time and consistency. Don’t give up!! If you feel that your methods are not working or your dog is particularly difficult, you may want to consult with a trainer or veterinary behaviorist.

In general I have found that many unwanted behaviors occur in dogs because they are bored or frustrated. This is certainly true for barking. I am always telling my clients that a tired dog is a good dog! Be sure to give your dog plenty of physical and mental stimulation on a daily basis – this will vary for each dog depending on their age, energy level and overall health. Young active dogs should get a good amount of exercise before you leave them at home for an extended period of time. You can also leave them with toys that offer distraction or mental stimulation while they are home alone. 

Most of the time a dog will bark for attention and/or because they receive a reward when they bark. The best thing you can do in this case is ignore her while she is barking. Believe it or not, yelling at her to stop barking IS giving her attention and she will continue to bark for this perceived “reward”. I always tell people to ignore their dog completely until they stop barking – literally turn away from them, don’t talk to them, touch them or even look at them! Any attention positive or negative can be perceived as a reward for their unwanted behavior. Once the dog stops barking, then pay attention to her and praise her for being quite. Positive reinforcement and consistency with this method is best!

Another similar method is to ask your dog to do another task while she is barking to distract her. Praise her for completing this task, but not for barking. Keep things positive! One example is to tell her to sit, lie down or shake and reward her with a treat for doing so (and being quiet!). The key is to find a task that your dog will stop barking to complete.

If your dog barks in response to a stimulus (i.e. another dog passing by), you can desensitize her to this stimulus with more positive reinforcement. Start when the stimulus is far away before your dog has noticed it – tell her to sit and give her a treat. As the stimulus gets closer continue to give your dog treats and tell her she is a good girl as long as she is paying attention to you and not barking. Once the stimulus is gone, stop giving treats and praise. Eventually she will learn that the presence of the stimulus is positive and means that she gets rewarded. This process will need to be repeated many times until your dog will actually pay attention to you instead of barking at the stimulus. 

If your dog is barking because of suspected deafness or dementia, you can try a hand signal instead of telling her “quiet” or “no barking”. You should also speak to your veterinarian about medications that can help with dementia. I always recommend that people try to keep their dog’s environment and routine as consistent as possible. Any changes in routine for a dog already experiencing cognitive dysfunction can make things much more confusing.


RALEIGH, N.C. (February 4, 2016) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat and cure diseases in all dogs, announces that 30 grants have been awarded in 2015 to researchers studying canine disease. These grants, totaling nearly $1.5 million, will continue to build on CHF-funded advances in veterinary medicine and biomedical science, impacting both canine and human health.

“The projects funded this year are a combination of innovative science and technology, and studies to address the immediate and practical medical needs of all dogs,” according to Dr. Diane Brown, CHF’s chief executive officer. “Research ranges from heritable disease, reproductive health, cancer and infectious disease, and includes projects to understand the needs and health of working dog populations, all with an emphasis on better health for dogs and their people.”

CHF administers annual health polls to provide real-time data on the concerns of dog owners and on unmet areas of need in veterinary medicine. Using this information, projects are chosen to build on the depth and breadth of CHF’s 20-year history of health research for dogs. Each grant awarded has specific aims to fill critical knowledge gaps in veterinary medicine, leading to better care options for both the common and the complex health issues of dogs. CHF also invests in training the next generation of scientists to address the health needs of dogs through its Clinician-Scientist Fellowship Program, awarding three Fellowships in 2016.

True to CHF’s mission, several of the newly awarded grants have a One Health emphasis where outcomes of the research project have the potential to benefit human, as well as canine health. One such example is the study of dogs with respiratory and skin diseases that live in the homes of children with asthma. Findings from this study will help unlock the complexities of these health conditions in both species.

CHF is committed to canine cancer research, and one such example is the funding of a $432,000 grant to better understand and prevent hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive and deadly form of cancer in dogs. This grant, awarded to Dr. Jaime Modiano, VMD, PhD, professor at the University of Minnesota, joins the American Boxer Charitable Foundation, the Golden Retriever Foundation, and the Portuguese Water Dog Foundation, thus emphasizing the impact CHF donors have in advancing collaborative research.

Funding for CHF grants comes from a number of sources, including: corporations, dog clubs and individuals who are committed to canine health research. Dog lovers are encouraged to make a donation to support healthy dogs by visiting www.akcchf.org.

The complete portfolio of new grants for 2015 can be downloaded in PDF format. Or, view and search all active and past grants in CHF’s full grant portfolio

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About the AKC Canine Health Foundation

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 impacting 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.