Dogs with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) required for clinical trial. Free treatment usually worth over $3000.
Is your dog suffering from vomiting, diarrhoea and weight loss? They may have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and could receive free treatment by participating in our research.
Valued at over $3000 participants will receive the following for free:
- An initial consultation
- Work-up including blood tests, abdominal ultrasound, endoscopy and biopsy
- Treatment through either diet or probiotic/faecal transplants (depending on response)
- Follow-up care until long-term remission is achieved or the study is exited
What is IBD?
Similar to IBD for people, IBD in dogs is a group of diseases that causes inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This inflammation interferes with the ability to digest and absorb nutrients. Signs and symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhoea, weight loss and abdominal discomfort.
Unfortunately, IBD encompasses multiple processes and part of the difficulty in treating the disease in dogs is trying to figure out the responsible cause. IBD can be due to a response to something in the diet, a change in the type or numbers of gut bacteria or some other substance in the gut. Genetics also plays a role, which is why some breeds of dogs are more likely to present with this disease.
Looking at improving current treatments of IBD
Current methods for diagnosing IBD in dogs can be tedious and time-consuming and biopsies alone cannot determine the most suitable treatment. This study will be assessing the bacteria that are present in your dog’s small intestine and faeces at the time of diagnosis, and then in the faeces as we initiate and optimise treatment. In addition, we will look to identify the function of those bacteria, how your dog responds to those bacteria and whether there is any change in the body’s normal inflammatory response.
To take part in the trial candidate dogs must meet these criteria:
- Show signs of gastrointestinal disease for a period of more than 3 weeks (vomiting, diarrhoea, weight loss)
- No recent treatment with antibiotics or prednisolone
- Able to travel to U-Vet Hospital in Werribee for initial assessment, then regularly until clinical remission. The final visit will be 3 months after remission.