New Studies on Ticks and Your Dog’s Health
Aaron Stepanek | March 01, 2018
In 2016, the American Kennel Club (AKC) launched its Canine Health Foundation (CHF)
In 2017, the journal Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases and the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine published two new research articles resulting from CHF-funded grants.The first publication, titled “Investigating the Adult Ixodid Tick Populations and Their Associated Anaplasma, Ehrlichlia, and Rickettsia Bacteria at a Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Hotspot in Western Tennessee” used varying collection methods to capture adult ticks across Tennessee and assess them for the presence of different disease-causing pathogens, including anaplasma, ehrlichlia, and rickettsia. This publication resulted from CHF acorn grant
Another publication, entitled “Prevalence of Vector-Borne Pathogens in Southern California Dogs with Clinical and Laboratory Abnormalities Consistent With Immune-Mediated Disease,” resulted from CHF support for grant
CHF remains committed to research that will help to build a better understanding of the growing and shifting patterns of tick-borne diseases in dogs. A call for new research proposals to CHF will happen in Spring 2018. The current grants that have been awarded will continue to advance the understanding of tick-borne diseases to help keep our family members, both canine and human, healthy.
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