The Itchy Dog Project | Own a retriever? Get involved!
Do you own a Golden or Labrador retriever and want to be involved in some citizen science?
If you own a Labrador or Golden Retriever (itchy or not!) then this is your chance to get involved in science and help us to understand what contributes to itchy skin conditions in dogs.
At least 10% of dogs suffer from skin problems and it can have a big impact on their lives, and the causes are thought to be complex. Other than being itchy, what differences are there between dogs with itchy skin conditions, such as atopic dermatitis, and those without such conditions? Register your Labrador or Golden retriever with us to help answer these questions today.A Citizen Science project you can contribute to whether your dog is itchy or not. Many countries are accepted and I did the survey on Oban. Just click on the link at the beginning. After you complete the survey they will send you a link to register at CBARQ to see if itchy dogs have different behaviour patterns than non itchy dogs. You will get a passcode to identify you as being an Itchy Dog Project contributor. If you ever did CBARQ before (as I have) you will need a new email address, it won't take the one you originally signed up with, at least it wouldn't take mine.The aim of this study is to investigate the potential genetic and environmental causes of canine atopic dermatitis. It is hoped that a better understanding of what leads some dogs to develop cAD, whilst others do not, will help us to develop a strategy for reducing the number of dogs affected by this disease.
In order to do this, we have decided to focus on just two similar breeds; the labrador and golden retriever. We need your help to collect data on both atopic and non-atopic dogs' of these breeds to allow us to look for differences (genetic, environmental and behavioural) between atopic and non-atopic dogs. So if you own a labrador or golden retriever (itchy or not!) please get involved!
Research team members include:
Dr Naomi Harvey: Research Fellow at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham
Dr Sarah Blott: Associate Professor in Animal Breeding and Genetics
Dr Stephen Shaw: Clinical dermatologist and National Dermatology Advisor for Guide Dogs
Professor Gary England: Foundation Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham, and Professor of Comparative Veterinary Reproduction
They have a FaceBook page too: https://www.facebook.com/ItchyDogProjectUK/
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