CCA Supported Health Research


The CHRIF fund enables the club to provide educational opportunities, put on clinics and support relevant research beyond that available through the Canine Health Foundation (CHF). The Health Committee submits recommendations to the board for use of these funds.

Currently Funded Initiatives:

Tiny Dog Vaccine Pilot Study
Dr. Jean Dodds is conducting a tiny dog vaccine study. The study is investigating whether canine distemper and parvovirus vaccines can be reduced to a half dose and still provide sufficient immunization. Twenty (20) dogs under  twelve (12) pounds will be recruited to participate in the study. The pilot is anticipated to last 6-12 months. If the pilot is successful, the next phase is to apply for larger grants through organizations such as the Morris Animal Foundation. The long range plan is to pursue legislative changes and changes in vaccine protocol for dogs under twelve (12) pounds. The funds are donated via the American Holistic Veterinary Foundation (AHVF).

UPDATE 7/6/2016 –  Research Update: In 2014, CCA contributed $500 towards the Small Breed Vaccine Clinic Study in 2014. The purpose of the pilot study was to determine whether half doses of the canine distemper and canine parvovirus provided immunity. The results confirmed half doses provided immunity.  Attached is the copy of the published paper and press release.

Canine Health Foundation
The Canine Health Foundation (CHF) raises money to support canine health research focusing on the causes of a disease, earlier and/or more accurate diagnosis, genetic tests for diseases and effective treatment.  When individuals or organizations make donations to CHF, they can specify what breed the research money should be spent on. This Donor Advised Fund (DAF) is then available for CCA to determine what CHF studies the club is interested in funding and what percentage of DAF funds to contribute.

DAF Funded Grants in 2013-2014
Research grant 1994: Early and Accurate Prediction of Mitral Valve Disease Development. Per Dr. Moise, the principle investigator, the study is “investigating the changes in the mechanics of motion of the mitral valve within the heart of dogs at different ages and with different risk profiles for mitral valve disease. We are using specialized software developed in the Cornell bioengineering facility to evaluate the motion of valves based on echocardiography. Our hypothesis is that the structure/function relationship may be a major variable in the degeneration of the valve.