Thanks to advances in care, senior dogs currently make up roughly 40% of the patient population in veterinary practices.- Dr. Shila Nordone, CHF Chief Scientific Officer
Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) September 02, 2014
Your best friend is a little slower on her walks, but she still loves to play. She sleeps more and her joints ache a bit, but she is as happy as she was the day you first met. She has become a little grey in the face, but she never complains. She is a member of an elite crowd and you wouldn’t have it any other way because you know Old Dogs Rule.
Throughout September and October the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) celebrates senior dogs with their Old Dogs Rule educational and fundraising campaign. The campaign features articles, podcasts and webinars by veterinary experts designed to help dog owners and dog lovers take the best care possible of their aging dog, while raising funds and awareness for canine geriatric health and wellness research.
During the campaign dog owners are encouraged to post photos and a brief explanation about why their #OldDogsRule to their social media accounts. Photos with the #OldDogsRule hashtag can also be posted to the CHF Facebook page.
According to Dr. Shila Nordone, CHF Chief Scientific Officer, “Thanks to advances in care, senior dogs currently make up roughly 40% of the patient population in veterinary practices.” Nordone goes on to say, “Senior and geriatric dogs have special health concerns and our Old Dogs Rule campaign will provide funding for research that will stimulate novel approaches to senior dog healthcare and allow our beloved older dogs to live long and happy lives.”
Money donated to CHF’s Old Dogs Rule will be used to establish a funding base for senior and geriatric veterinary biomedical research. Beginning in 2015, CHF will award grants to researchers who aim to understand how to strengthen the aging dog’s immune system, prevent and/or manage health problems such as degenerative cardiac disease or kidney disease, and how aging dogs can retain their cognitive function to not just live longer, but live well.
For more information on this campaign, or to learn how a donation to CHF will help redefine the practice of veterinary medicine, visit http://www.akcchf.org.
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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.