SOURCE: AKC Canine Health Foundation

AKC Canine Health Foundation

August 03, 2011 13:43 ET

Media Alert: St. Louis Search-and-Rescue Dogs Featured in Landmark Sept. 11 Canine Health Study

Examines Long-Term Effects of Adverse Conditions on Health of Search-and-Rescue Dogs

ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwire - Aug 3, 2011) -

2011 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference

Aug. 12-14, 2011

Hyatt Regency St. Louis Arch; 315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, MO 63102

As the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks approaches, ground-breaking research on search-and-rescue dogs deployed during those rescue and recovery efforts will be highlighted during the 2011 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference, hosted by the AKC Canine Health Foundation and sponsored by St. Louis-based Nestlé Purina PetCare Company.

A number of search-and-rescue dog teams from the greater St. Louis area participated in the Sept. 11 rescue and recovery efforts and were also included in the multiyear research project, which examined the long-term health of dogs that were exposed to the adverse conditions.

The research revealed very few search-and-rescue dogs developed any respiratory conditions, whereas numerous human responders in the Sept. 11 aftermath have been plagued with chronic respiratory ailments.

Because the canine and human genomes are similar and most canine diseases also occur in humans, future research could center on learning why the search-and-rescue dogs were able to endure the challenging conditions with minimal respiratory complications. Identifying respiratory genetic markers in canines could lead to the development of treatments of respiratory ailments in humans.

Cynthia Otto, DVM, PhD, University of Pennsylvania Associate Professor-Critical Care and principal investigator of the search-and-rescue dog research

Terry Warren, PhD, JD, AKC Canine Health Foundation CEO and General Counsel

Arleigh Reynolds, DVM, PhD, DACVN, Nestlé Purina Nutrition Scientist

Erica Kitchen, CHF, 919-334-4012,

Greg Lammert, CHF/Rhea + Kaiser, 630-955-2526,

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 by the American Kennel Club 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. Since its inception, CHF has dedicated more than $33.2 million to canine health research projects and education programs. Visit CHF online at for more information.

About Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Nestlé Purina PetCare, a global leader in the pet care industry, promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. The North American headquarters for Nestlé Purina is located at Checkerboard Square in St. Louis, Missouri. Nestlé Purina PetCare Company is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A., the world's leading nutrition, health and wellness company.

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts
    Erica Kitchen
    Director, Communications & Development
    AKC Canine Health Foundation
    Phone: +1 919 334-4012
    E-mail: Email Contact

    Greg Lammert
    Senior Account Supervisor, PR
    Rhea + Kaiser
    Phone: 630-955-2526
    E-mail: Email Contact