AKC Canine Health Foundation Call for SamplesAllergic reactions continue to be the most common adverse event associated with vaccination in dogs. Recent research has demonstrated that small dogs in general, and several specific breeds, are at higher risk for these reactions. Laboratory studies have shown that normal dogs make antibodies against many vaccine components, even though they may not show an allergic reaction immediately following vaccination. Although the specific cause of allergic reactions in dogs remains unknown, vaccine components residual from the manufacturing process have been incriminated. These specific components need to be identified, so that manufacturers can make safer vaccines for dogs.
Researchers including Dr. George Moore at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine – with funding provided by the AKC Canine Health Foundation – are looking to identify causes of vaccine-induced allergic reactions. Using serum from dogs of high-risk breeds, this study will compare antibody concentrations in dogs demonstrating allergic reactions versus antibody concentrations in dogs of the same breed that don’t have reactions. To complete this study, samples are urgently needed from 5 high-risk breeds including the Dachshund, Pug dog, Chihuahua, Boston Terrier, and Miniature Pinscher.
Your dog may participate in this study if they are a member of this group, and have been vaccinated in the past three weeks.
Click here to read more about this study including information about how you can participate.
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