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Summer 2013 The American Kennel Club's Newsletter for Breeders
Trash in the Gene Pool
Could environmental toxins be enabling congenital disease?
By Patricia Trotter
One of the saddest byproducts of modern times is the compromised environment in which we all live. And dogs — both purebred and mixed-breeds — are not any more immune to it than their masters. Exactly how much impact pesticides, plastics, parasite medications, vaccinations, hormones, and other assorted toxic materials in the environment have on the well-being of our animals is difficult to determine.

Are dogs suffering more diseases termed hereditary today than ever before due to a more dangerous environment? My half-century of breeding, studying, investigating, and trying my best to remain open-minded have long led me to consider this possibility.
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AKC CHF News Updates
• The AKC Canine Health Foundation and the Golden Retriever Foundation have announced the joint funding of nearly $1.5 million in canine-cancer research.

• The sixth Tufts Canine and Feline Breeding and Genetics Conference, sponsored by Nestlé Purina PetCare and Illumina, is scheduled for Friday evening, September 27, through Sunday, September 29, at the Omni Parker House in Boston.
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AKC Honors, Supports Those Who Serve
Since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, the AKC has been committed to supporting and honoring the nation's volunteer corps of search-and-rescue dogs and handlers.

In the wake of 9/11, the AKC and AKC Companion Animal Recovery created the Canine Support and Relief Fund. This year the fund has awarded $413,000 in grants, the majority of them to search-and-rescue teams. K-9 rescue volunteers, along with organization that support companion-animal relief during natural and civil disasters, have received a total of $4 million from the Fund since 2002.
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Lab and puppy
Your Partner in Reproductive Science by Royal Canin
Maximizing the Probability of Successful Copulation
The estrous (reproductive) cycle in females is monoestrous (one period of ovulation per cycle) with spontaneous ovulation (ovulation is not triggered by exterior stimulus). It is however possible to observe heat in young females terminating before ovulation, mimicking an ovulation cycle. In that case, fertile heat often returns a few weeks later. This disjointed heat is not regarded as pathological in females unless it occurs in the first two months of life, in which case it is known as false heat.
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AKC Breeder articles are selected for their general interest and entertainment values. Authors' views do not necessarily represent the policies of The American Kennel Club, nor does their publication constitute an endorsement by the AKC.
© 2013 American Kennel Club
The Whelping Box
Managing the Prospective Mom
By Carolyn Russell Gold
Border Terrier
Responsible breeding involves much preparation beforehand, including careful research and self-education by the breeder as well as ensuring that the bitch is healthy and ready for breeding. The following information on preparing the bitch for breeding is based on interviews with and information drawn from articles provided by Autumn Davidson, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, VMTH SAC, of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Davidson kindly responded to the following questions about the bitch’s reproductive cycle and managing the prospective dam.
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