Thursday, March 24, 2011

AKC Mean Seeds grant

Grasses cover approximately 25% of the earth's lands and are a very rich and productive environment. We all know that grasslands mean game birds. So we run our dogs most often in areas that have at least some grasses present. Last year I presented a piece about speargrass on this blog and it has received several thousand page reads, so this is a subject of some interest. 

The AKC Canine Health Foundation has now established a Mean Seeds grant to investigate “mean seeds” and the role they play in grass awn migration disease.  According to the AKC news release, "In the sporting dog world, there is a perception among owners that there has been a dramatic escalation in the incidence of grass awn migration disease in the last 20 years."

Hopefully this research will equip us to better deal with the risk that these grass seeds pose to our dogs.

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