To develop tests to measure lymphocyte function in healthy animals, which will then be able to be used to monitor disease in sick dogs and rabbits. Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cells that function as part of the immune system. Normally, they respond properly to foreign invaders in the body. When the lymphocytes do not act properly diseases may occur.
Once adequately developed and validated, the proposed tests will allow us to evaluate immune function in dogs and rabbits with diseases affecting their immune systems. The various applications of these tests include evaluating rabbits with Encephalitozoon cuniculi, an infection also affecting humans, and measuring the effects of immune suppressing drugs taken by both dogs and humans. To be able to measure immune responses in sick patients, we must first develop the tests in blood from healthy animals.
Healthy dogs weighing more than 5 kg and between the ages of 1 and 12
Healthy rabbits weighing more than 1 kg and between the ages of 1 and 6
Dogs: weighing < 5 kg
< 1 year old or > 12 years old
Rabbits: weighing < 1 kg
< 1 year old or > 6 years old
For questions regarding the clinical trial please email the clinical trials technician, Diane Welsh at: email@example.com
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