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Dogs with Chronic Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Study Type: Clinical Study
Study Location: Multiple study sites (see study description)

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.

Participating sites:

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



Contact Information:

Dr. Al Jergens
Iowa State University

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