01521-A: Assessment of grass awn disease in dogs & CRP plantings of grasses with barbed awns

Grant Status: Closed

Grant Amount: $6,828.95
Dr. William K Lauenroth,, University of Wyoming
October 1, 2010 - May 31, 2012
Sponsor(s): AKC Humane Fund, Boykin Spaniel Society, English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association, English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association Foundation, German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America, Golden Retriever Foundation, Labrador Retriever Club, National Amateur Retriever Club, National English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association, Spinone Club of America
Breed(s): -All Dogs
Research Program Area: Prevention

Abstract

In the sporting dog world, there appears to have been a dramatic escalation in in the incidence of grass awn migration disease. This is a well-established disease in the veterinary medical profession with many published case studies. It is suspected that the incidence of grass awn migration disease has increased over the past 2 decades, due to inclusion of problem grasses in the approved lists for CRP lands. This idea is at the core of the proposed study. If it can be determined that there has been a dramatic increase in both the incidence of the disease and the quantity of barbed seeds planted in CRP lands, such determination would surely factor significantly into improvements in veterinary diagnostic and treatment protocols, overall education for dog owners, and preventative or remedial measures for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's approach to CRP plantings. The proposed study will conduct an analysis of the frequency of treatment of grass awn disease at 8 veterinary teaching hospitals over the past 2 decades and create a list of the problem seeds and survey USDA office over a 10 state area to determine the frequency of planting of the problem grasses in CRP lands. The work will be carried out by students under the direction of the principal investigator. At a future date, one or more students might visit regional governmental offices to sample documents relative to particular CRP contracts.

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