People are fascinating to me, especially the ones who see an imperfection in the traditional way things are done and then go about fixing it. Some people make small changes that tweak a system while others change how the world runs. I think The One Health Company is going to be one of the game-changers. The company is connecting sick dogs with the latest human clinical trials. [Read more…]
I was contacted by Chris Janelli, Executive Director for the Center For Canine Behavior Studies to see if our readers would complete a survey for their new study. It is titled the Prevalence of Behavior Problems In Owned Companion Dogs and while that is a long name, the goal of the research is succinct. It is all about identifying and solving common behavior problems in dogs.
Here are 3 reasons why you should take the Canine Behavior Study survey. [Read more…]
This story is a little bit of a teaser. I am trying to schedule an interview so I can get the details, but the initial news was too exciting not to share. Cindy Fink, who is President of the nonprofit group, Finding the Cure for DM Foundation (FCDMF), sent me a message about their research project. The “New Hope Study” will silence genes to cure DM Dogs. Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is an incurable, progressive disease of the spinal cord in dogs. It leads to paralysis and eventual death. DM is a heartbreaking condition.
FCDMF has been contributing to DM research over the years, but the ultimate goal of these clinical trials is to find a cure for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) in humans. ALS and DM have many similarities. Then last year in 2016, a study found a big difference in the two diseases that gives promising “new hope” to DM patients. [Read more…]
It isn’t often that human medical research benefits sick dogs, but that is exactly what happened this week. Degenerative Myelopathy dogs got good news from the University of Missouri thanks to a study for patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The news is so good that is has two parts: a better diagnosis for DM and the clinical trial of a new drug. [Read more…]
In January 2015 I posted a story that was big news for paralyzed dogs. North Carolina State University had just released a video of a paraplegic pug taking steps on a treadmill. The dog had taken part in a clinical trial run by Dr. Natasha Olby, professor of neurology at NCSU. Now in January 2017, I am excited to announce that Dr. Olby is continuing her Canine Spinal Cord Injury Program. NCSU is recruiting paralyzed dogs for their clinical trial. Enrollment in Part Two of this groundbreaking study starts February 3, 2017.
The trial is brief. It only requires dogs to be at NCSU for two days. If you are the pet parent of a paralyzed dog, I strongly encourage you to enroll. It might make a world of difference to your dog and it will be a game-changer for future paraplegic pets and people. [Read more…]