Seeking participants: Treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease in dogs clinical trial

Is your dog suffering from vomiting, diarrhoea and weight loss? Your pet may have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and could participate in our clinical trial and receive treatment for free (usually worth over $2000).

Similar to IBD for people, IBD in dogs is a group of diseases that causes inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Signs and symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, weight loss and even abdominal discomfort.

Unfortunately, IBD encompasses a lot of different 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 bacteria in the gut or some other substance in the gut. Genetics also plays a role, which is why some breeds of dogs seem to get this disease more than others.

The University of Melbourne's U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital is seeking dog participants for this research study which aims to find the best treatment for IBD in dogs.

Current methods for diagnosing IBD in dogs can be onerous and time-consuming as they go through a step-by-step process in which biopsies alone cannot determine the most suitable treatment.

In this study, we will be assessing the bacteria that are present in your dog’s small intestine and faeces at the time of diagnosis, and then in its 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.

Participate in our research study looking for best methods of treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in dogs. Your dog could receive treatment for free, usually worth over $2000.

Eligibility criteria

Candidate dogs must meet these criteria to take part in the trial:

  • Signs of chronic (> 3 weeks) gastrointestinal disease (vomiting, diarrhoea, weight loss)
  • No recent treatment with antibiotics or prednisolone
  • Able to travel to U-Vet Hospital in Werribee
  • Able to visit for re-assessments after the first visit every 2-4 weeks until clinical remission. Your last visit will be 3 months after clinical remission.


To enquire about the trial, please contact us on (03) 9731 2000, or email with the subject line 'IBD in dogs clinical trial', your name and phone number.

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