Clinically Healthy Dogs
The Small Animal Internal Medicine Service is helping the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine to screen dogs for bladder and prostate cancer, called urothelial carcinoma or transitional cell carcinoma (UC/TCC).
They are looking to determine if the CADET® BRAF Mutation Detection Assay can be used to diagnose UC/TCC before clinical signs develop. Investigators hope that early diagnosis will allow them to initiate treatment earlier to delay progression and improve survival for dogs with this disease.
Eligibility: Any clinically healthy American Eskimo Dog, Beagle, Jack Russell Terrier, Scottish Terrier, Shetland Sheepdog, or West Highland White Terrier that is at least 6 years of age with no sign of urinary tract infection.
If interested in applying to participate in this study, you can do so here. You can view a short video about this study on the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine Facebook page. Please contact Amanda Brooks at email@example.com or Dr. Michael Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Dogs with chronic gastrointestinal signs
The Small Animal Internal Medicine Service is recruiting patients with chronic vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite, and weight loss. They are investigating whether or not dogs need to be fasted for a commonly recommended test in dogs with these symptoms.
They are looking to obtain blood samples at scheduled times throughout the course of a day from dogs affected by chronic vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite, and weight loss.
Eligibility: Any adult medium-to-large breed dog experiencing the above-noted symptoms. All dogs must be willing to eat a normal meal in the hospital setting. All dogs must be current patients of UW Veterinary Care and be first evaluated by a veterinarian.
This study may indicate that the current standard fasting requirements for the gastrointestinal panel blood test are not necessary. Removing or reducing these fasting requirements will result in decreased patient stress, as well as reduction of challenges for owners and clinicians in the investigation of chronic gastrointestinal disease.