Collie Health Foundation

The Collie Health Foundation’s mission is to fund research medical projects that will benefit the future health of the Collie, and to educate the public and Collie breeders about health issues.

Collie Health Foundation Name

On December 17, 2002 the organization changed it’s name from the Collie Club of America Foundation to the Collie Health Foundation in order to give the Foundation a unique identity separate from the Collie Club of America and more clearly represent our mission.

Collie Health Foundation Logo

Our new logo was generously donated by Diana Hiesilieu. There is a story behind this new logo, a story about a Collie we bred and had the extreme privilege of knowing – A Collie by the name of Noah…Read More!

Monthly Archives: August 2017

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals

2017-08-23T20:51:37+00:00

WHAT IS OFA by Gayle Kaye OFA stands for Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. It was founded in 1966 as a private “not for profit” foundation. Originally the purpose of the organization was to "provide a standardized evaluation for hip dysplasia and to serve as a data base for control of hip dysplasia through selective breeding." [...]

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals 2017-08-23T20:51:37+00:00

Hip Dysplasia

2017-10-02T16:47:17+00:00

HIP DYSPLASIA by Gayle Kaye Hip Dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket and in its more severe form it can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints. Hip dysplasia is one of the most common skeletal diseases seen in dogs and it is one of the most studied veterinary [...]

Hip Dysplasia 2017-10-02T16:47:17+00:00

Degenerative Myelopathy

2017-08-23T19:37:44+00:00

Degenerative Myelopathy - the other DM that can affect Collies... By Nancy Kelso, DVM Degenerative Myelopathy is a progressive disease of the spinal cord that causes weakness, and eventually inability to walk in the rear legs. It has long been know to exist in German Shepherds, Corgis and over 50 breeds. It has long been [...]

Degenerative Myelopathy 2017-08-23T19:37:44+00:00

Multidrug Sensitivity

2017-09-01T20:26:20+00:00

By Sue Floyd, VMD Some dog breeds are more sensitive to certain drugs than other breeds. Collies and related breeds, for instance, can have a genetic predisposition to adverse drug reactions involving many different drugs. These drug sensitivities result from a mutation in the multidrug resistance gene (MDR1 gene.) Dogs with the mutant gene cannot [...]

Multidrug Sensitivity 2017-09-01T20:26:20+00:00

Canine Health Information Center “CHIC”

2017-08-23T19:10:18+00:00

by Gayle Kaye CHIC is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). Working with parent clubs, CHIC provides an important resource for breeders and owners of participating purebred dogs to research and maintain information on the health issues prevalent in specific breeds. [...]

Canine Health Information Center “CHIC” 2017-08-23T19:10:18+00:00

Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus

2017-08-21T22:15:57+00:00

GASTRIC DILATATION AND VOLVULUS, By Cindi Bossart, VMD Gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV) is an acute life-threatening disorder in dogs. It is considered a medical/surgical emergency. The earlier this disorder is recognized and treated, the better the chance of survival. Gastric dilatation begins with distention of the stomach primarily with air, but the distention may [...]

Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus 2017-08-21T22:15:57+00:00

DM Familial Canine Dermatomyositis: a Breeder’s Nightmare

2017-08-21T22:09:41+00:00

Familial Canine Dermatomyositis: a Breeder’s Nightmare, Nancy Kelso, D.V.M. Dermatomyositis is a frightening disease, which seems to appear out of no where. It hurts the breeder, the pet owner, and most importantly, the dog. All collie fanciers should understand this disease, what is known and what is not, and take steps to eliminate this disease [...]

DM Familial Canine Dermatomyositis: a Breeder’s Nightmare 2017-08-21T22:09:41+00:00

An Explanation of Eye Disease

2017-08-21T21:11:55+00:00

AN EXPLANATION OF EYE DISEASE by Gayle Kaye, edited by Nancy M Bromberg, VMD, MS, DACVO Like people, Dogs are subject to a large number of inherited eye diseases. There are two which can seriously affect a Collies eyes and should be of concern to all breeders. COLLIE EYE ANOMALY This is the most common [...]

An Explanation of Eye Disease 2017-08-21T21:11:55+00:00

The Interceptor Shortage

2017-08-21T20:55:06+00:00

The Interceptor Shortage – Today… Nancy Kelso, D.V.M Interceptor seems to have disappeared from the market completely. Sentinel (Interceptor and Program, a flea growth regulator) is now available. The main ingredient in Interceptor (milbemycin) is also available in Comboguard and Trifexis, with a flea prevention product, too, but no one is currently manufacturing milbemycin alone. [...]

The Interceptor Shortage 2017-08-21T20:55:06+00:00