Dogs in Research
One of the most significant results of our partnership with dogs has been their contribution to our understanding of disease, and how to prevent and cure it.
The close relationship between dogs and people may pre-date recorded history. One of the most significant results of our partnership with dogs has been their contribution to our understanding of disease, and how to prevent and cure it. In fact, dogs and people get many of the same diseases – from heart disease to cancer. What we can glean from studying dogs in medical and scientific research often yields treatments that help not only people, but also dogs themselves.
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Research with dogs has led to vaccinations against canine distemper, parvovirus, rabies, coronavirus, leptospirosis, Lyme disease, measles, and hepatitis. It also brought our pet dogs treatments for heartworm, parasites, fleas, ticks and mites.
Many studies are addressing innovative treatments like immunotherapy for cancer affecting both dogs and people, such as skin, bone and nose cancer.
Insulin was discovered with the help of dogs. Dogs continue to serve as an essential model for alternative treatments to preserve the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, improve the quality of life for humans and dogs with diabetes, and ultimately to find a cure for the disease.
Kidney dialysis treatment of dogs whose organs have failed is one example of a medical solution developed for people that is now also saving pets.