01900-A: Increasing Awareness of Tick-Borne Disease in Dogs Suffering from Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia, Thrombocytopenia and/or Joint Pain through Accurate Diagnosis Of Infection

Grant Status: Open

Grant Amount: $7,253.28
Dr. Linda Kidd, DVM, PhD, Western University of Health Sciences
February 1, 2013 - January 31, 2014
Sponsor(s): American Field Pointer Association, American Pointer Club, Field Spaniel Society of America, Labrador Retriever Club, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club (USA), Samoyed Club of America Education & Research Foundation, Sussex Spaniel Club of America, Treeing Walker Breeders & Fanciers Association
Breed(s): Cocker Spaniel
Research Program Area: Immunology and Infectious Disease


Disease initiated by immune system dysregulation (immune-mediated disease) is an important cause of illness and death in dogs. Infectious diseases transmitted by tick and flea vectors can trigger immune-mediated disease, most commonly leading to hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia and/or joint pain. Failure to diagnose tick-borne immune-mediated disease leads to treatment failure and exacerbation of disease and is of critical importance to those dogs that work and play in a field or wooded setting. To more accurately determine the prevalence of infection in dogs with immune-mediated disease, Dr. Kidd will retrospectively test banked samples for multiple tick-borne pathogens, as well as for an emerging new species of Ehrlichia. Research will combine both antibody (serologic) and DNA (PCR) testing. Dr. Kidd believes this study will bring awareness to the prevalence of tick borne disease, and ultimately, change how clinicians test for underlying infections in patients with signs of immune-mediated disease.


Manuscript in preparation.

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