Canine Diabetes Research

People: Brian Catchpole, Lucy Davison, Marsha Wallace

 At The Royal Veterinary College we have established a national canine diabetes register. This includes a database of clinical information and an archive of residual samples. This diabetic register is used as part of ongoing research into the causes of this disease.

Feline Diabetic Diet Research Trial : Reglucat study

People: Ruth Gostelow, Amrita Mohanty, Lucy Davison

The RVC Diabetic Remission Clinic is recruiting for a 1-year trial examining the ability of a new prescription diet to promote weight loss and diabetic remission in overweight cats with diabetes mellitus. The trial period will last for 1 year; cats will only be fed the test diet for the first 12 weeks and will be then monitored up to 52 weeks. Patients will attend 7 consultations at the RVC Queen Mother Hospital for Animals at the RVC in Hertfordshire. The project will also investigate how achieving diabetic remission, and weight loss, affects the gut microbiome of diabetic cats.

PREDICT Study (Prodrome Recognition in Epileptic Dogs to Improve Control and Therapeutics) – Investigating the potential of non-invasive seizure forecasting in dogs with idiopathic epilepsy

People: Sarah Finnegan, Rowena Packer, Monica Daley

PREDICT aims to investigate the potential of non-invasive seizure forecasting in dogs with idiopathic epilepsy. This study will improve our knowledge and ability in prediction of seizures and management of canine epilepsy. We aim to increase quality of life for both dogs with epilepsy and their owners. To do this we are specifically recruiting any breed, age and sex of dogs from the United Kingdom.

RESET: Reducing Epileptic Seizures and improving Emotional state with behavioural Therapies - A trial to investigate behavioural interventions as management tools for drug-resistant canine epilepsy

People: Sarah Hobbs, Joe Fenn, Rowena Packer

People with epilepsy often also experience anxiety, and recent studies have found that adjunctive behavioural therapies can improve epilepsy and emotional health management. RESET aims to investigate behavioural interventions for canine epilepsy patients by recruiting dogs with epilepsy onto a six-month prospective trial.

The Big Brainy Border Collie Study: Investigating brain structure, function and behaviour In Border Collies with and without Idiopathic Epilepsy

People: Rowena Packer, Sarah Hobbs

Epilepsy is a complex brain disease seen in both humans and dogs. Subtle differences in brain anatomy, electrical activity in the brain, and day to day behaviour are found between people with epilepsy and people with normal brain development. We are interested in exploring these differences between Border Collies with and without epilepsy, and if they may mimic differences seen in human epilepsy cases.

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