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
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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