Dogs with Chronic Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Dr. Al Jergens of Iowa State University and colleagues are seeking dogs suspicious for or recently diagnosed with chronic inflammatory bowel disease to be enrolled into a clinical trial funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation. In brief, this team is investigating whether probiotic therapy (using VSL #3) is useful in treating these dogs. This is an 8 week clinical trial where IBD dogs receive the probiotic or placebo along with traditional dietary and drug therapy. The animals are re-evaluated at 3 and 8 weeks, with the 8 week re-check involving repeat endoscopy with collection of tissues for re-examination. Costs for the 8 week recheck are covered fully by the grant. Particular breeds at risk for IBD include German Shepherd Dogs, Boxers, French Bulldogs, Shar-Pei, Yorkshire Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, and Irish Setters. Please contact Dr. Al Jergens or participating institutions for additional information about patient enrollment.
|Iowa State University||Dr. Al Jergens||515-291-5120|
|Colorado State University||Dr. Craig Webb||970-491-2336|
|Texas A&M University||Dr. Audrey Cook||979-845-2351|
|University of Tennessee||Dr. Jennifer Stokes||865-974-8387|
|Southeast Veterinary Referral Center (Miami)||Dr. Pedro Armstrong||305-666-4142|
|San Diego Veterinary Specialty Hospital||Dr. Steve Hill||858-875-7500|
Dr. Al Jergens
Iowa State University
Help Future Generations of Dogs
Participate in canine health research by providing samples or by enrolling in a clinical trial. Samples are needed from healthy dogs and dogs affected by specific diseases.