Nicole Cottam, a researcher at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine's Animal Behavior Clinic
http://www.tufts.edu/vet/behavior/ is requesting pure-bred GSDs for the following Behavioral Study.
If you have a pure Bred GSD and would like to participate, we at epi4dogs would appreciate it!
Request from Tufts University
We are doing a study on German Shepherds. The goal of this study is to identify factors associated with canine compulsive behavior and whether this behavior has a genetic basis. To this end we need lots of purebred German Shepherd participants who repetitively spin or chase their tails. We also need non-affected German Shepherds for our control group. German Shepherds with EPI are eligible to participate.
Enrollment involves filling out a consent form, a survey and having a saliva sample mailed to Tufts University. For more information or to request a saliva sampling kit, please email me at
and let me know if:
• you have a pedigree for your German Shepherd
• his/her age
• and if he/she does any behavior that seems like a form of canine obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Nicole Cottam, ACAAB
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine's
Animal Behavior Clinic
200 Westboro Road
North Grafton, MA 01536
Permission to cross post granted.
THIS STUDY HAS ENDED DUE TO DEPLETED SUPPLIES OF ONE OF THE NEEDED CONTROLLED STUDY ENZYMES.
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED!
June 17, 2012
I am very pleased to announce that epi4dogs will be assisting Texas A&M Gastrointestinal Laboratory (TAMU) in finding candidates for a clinical trial for a possible new EPI canine enzyme
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of a new pancreatic enzyme supplement in dogs with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) by comparing the treatment response to that for another product that has already been successfully used in dogs. The study is for a period of 45-50 days. Briefly, the dog would be placed on a 21-day course of one pancreatic enzyme supplement and then on another 21-day course of another supplement. During the study period, the participant will need to be seen by his/her veterinarian for a total of 3 visits (21 days apart, i.e. when starting or changing the enzyme supplements). During each visit, the veterinarian will perform a physical examination and collect blood for assessment of blood and serum parameters. The owner, would need to collect three sets of three fecal samples at each time point of the study, and fill out a daily questionnaire. These fecal samples, collected over different periods of time would be used to evaluate the efficacy of the enzymes in helping your dogs digest their food. A six week free enzyme supplement of your choice (either the first or the second one used in the study) would be provided on successful completion of the study. Your dog must be over 1 year of age, have clinical signs and a diagnostic confirmation of EPI using the Trypsin Like Immunoreactivity (TLI) test) to be enrolled in the study. Other inclusion criteria include a normal serum cobalamin level, and absence of any other concurrent diseases. During the entire course of study, no other concurrent medication or changes in the diet are permissible. Owner and patient confidentiality would be maintained at all times.
Upon acceptance of participation, there will be the following forms to review and/or sign:
If you are interested in possibly helping further benefiting the treatment of EPI dogs (and hopefully cats too in the near future) please consider participating.....THANK YOU!!