Iowa State University is looking for Cocker Spaniels to partake in our American Kennel Club funded study investigating reasons why Cocker Spaniels may be predisposed to autoimmune blood diseases such as Immune-mediated Thrombocytopenia (ITP) and Immune-mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA). These are important diseases that affect many dogs and families. Learning what makes Cocker Spaniels predisposed to these devastating diseases may help provide better treatments and prevention in the future. This project is being conducted in conjunction with Cornell University. Last summer our data showed exciting results that suggested Cocker Spaniels may have different white cell profiles than other breeds of dogs. We would like to take the study further this summer by looking at both white cells and blood cytokine levels. What are the requirements?
Healthy Cocker Spaniels over 12 months of age and any gender. Dogs DO NOT necessarily need to be local. We will mail packages with supplies and instructions to participants that will be seeing their regular veterinarian and are not in close proximity to Iowa State. Participating dogs would come to ISU or would go to their local veterinarian to have a physical exam performed confirming that they are healthy. They would then have blood and urine samples collected and sent to us. What do the dogs and owners get out of it?
In exchange we will perform and share the results of the Urinalysis, CBC and chemistry panels to confirm the dogs’ health.
If you and your dogs would like to be part of this study please contact Jordan Gagne (DVM Candidate 2018) at Jegagne@iastate.edu