Friday, October 7, 2016

Veterinary Highlights: New Way to Diagnose Canine Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)?

Inflammatory bowel disease is as nasty as it is difficult to diagnose conclusively. Often, the diagnosis is made by eliminating other issues. That's because the only way to properly diagnose it is by biopsy of the gut. Which means getting in there and grabbing a chunk. That is about as far from non-invasive as it gets. And it's an imperfect method even at that.

It has been found that the composition of gut flora may play a role in IBD.

According to researchers at the University of California, analyzed fecal samples from dogs with and without the disease, there is a pattern of microbes indicative of IBD.

Based on these findings, the team was able to predict which dogs had IBD and which didn't with 90 percent accuracy.

This might potentially lead to a new way of diagnosing IBD in dogs. Which would be absolutely fantastic.

Source article:
Dog poop microbiome predicts canine inflammatory bowel disease

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