1827: Defining the Specific Species of Bacteria That Contribute To Canine Periodontal Disease
Grant Status: Open
Grant Amount: $31,000
Dr. Marcello Pasquale Riggio, PhD, University of Glasgow
January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013
Sponsor(s): Afghan Hound Club of America, Bichon Frise Club of America, Inc., Norwich Terrier Club of America, Papillon Club of America, Pug Dog Club of America, Inc.
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Disease(s): Periodontal Disease
Research Program Area: General Canine Health and Obesity
Abstract Extensive studies have led to the consensus opinion that specific bacteria cause periodontal disease in humans. In contrast, we know very little about the underlying cause of gum disease in dogs, despite its high prevalence and associated pain. To overcome this gap in knowledge, Dr. Riggio will use cutting edge laboratory technology (known as 'high-throughput deep sequencing') to provide an in-depth understanding of the types of oral bacteria in dogs with periodontal disease vs. dogs without disease. This method detects the DNA of live bacteria and allows bacteria to be identified and quantitated without the need to grow them from clinical samples. This study will give us the most up to date knowledge on gum disease in dogs and will help in the development of vaccines and improved treatment methods for canine periodontal disease.