Dogs have been known to shed the faeces of their owners for thousands of years.
But a new study has found that dogs who don’t receive regular dog dander injections for the next four weeks may have a higher risk of developing a new form of canine diarrhea, called vitiligigo.
The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, is the first to look at the effects of the injections in dogs.
Dr Jodi T. D’Ambrosio, a veterinary microbiologist at the University of Queensland’s Veterinary Clinical Research Centre, said the study was an “exciting” development.
“We know that dogs get diarrhoea quite regularly, so what this study shows is that it may be the case that the dog is not getting the right amount of dander, which might be causing the dog to have an intestinal obstruction,” Dr D’Amrosio said.
D’Amosio said it was hoped the study would encourage more dogs to get vaccinated and get regular dander treatments.
“The most important thing we are doing with our dogs is to make sure that we have a positive relationship with our dog and that we are keeping their health in check,” she said.
“They are getting a lot of immunisations now, and I think it’s important that we provide our dogs with the same level of dandelion oil that they have been receiving in the past.”
The study involved 20 dogs who were given two injections in the neck, one in the abdomen and one in each leg.
The injections were administered twice daily for four weeks.
Vitiligo occurs when a part of the intestine is damaged and the body’s natural immune system attacks the lining of the digestive tract.
Symptoms include: Dry and red stools, including red, itchy, and bloody stool, and Diarrhea.
When the animals were examined five days after the injections, it was found that the number of the bacteria in the faeba had decreased by 30 per cent.
In contrast, the number in the blood had increased by nearly 50 per cent, Dr D`Amrosia said.
Dr D’AMOSIA said dogs that received dander shots were likely to have had a lower risk of vitilogigo, which she said was more common in dogs who got a flu vaccine.
“What we see is a lot more of the same bacteria that is causing this issue in dogs, and it’s also very important to look beyond that to see if the other bacteria is causing the same thing,” she added.
“There are some other things that are happening in the gut that are contributing to the condition as well.”
Dr D`Ambrosia noted that there were still some concerns about the safety of the dander treatment, especially in dogs whose owners had previously been vaccinated.
“This study shows that there is a possibility that there could be a more severe form of vitoligo, but the benefit of vaccination is still going to be a positive,” she told News.au.
Dr T. C. Cunliffe, who is the research director for the Queensland Veterinary Medical Association, said this was a positive development, but more work needed to be done to better understand how the dandelions interact with the immune system.
“Our dogs are so good at finding the bacteria that cause the condition, so we have to be careful to ensure that we do not get the same strain of bacteria that causes the condition,” she explained.
“We are really working on that and I hope this will lead to more of a positive response.””
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We are really working on that and I hope this will lead to more of a positive response.”
Topics:diseases-and-disorders,disease-control,health,dental-schools,vaccination-and/or-diseased-animals,vaccines-and_consultation,animal-health-and‐safety,vaccinations-and,vaccinators,vaccine-development,vaccinated-dogs,vaccinia,united-states,qld,nsw,australiaFirst posted February 14, 2020 19:35:55More stories from Queensland