WSU’s Katrina Mealey with her Jack Russell terrier, Bumpus,
named after former Coug football wide receiver, Michael
Bumpus. (Photo by Robert Hubner, WSU Photo Services)
PULLMAN, Wash. – Because one dog’s miracle drug can be another dog’s poison, Washington State University researcher Katrina Mealey has spared countless dogs worldwide from crippling illness and death caused by commonly prescribed medications.
Drugs turn toxic
From top: collie, Australian
shepherd, silken windhound.
(Photo display by WSU
College of Veterinary Medicine)
The highest probability is among collies, followed by long-haired whippets, Australian shepherds and silken windhounds. Even mixed breeds can be carriers, said Mealey. (For a full list, go to http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/vcpl/breeds.aspx)
“The size, colors, coats and other characteristics of these dogs all distinguish them as members of different breeds, appearance-wise,” said Mealey, but the similarity lurks quietly in their DNA.
And now, a test
“Our test determines whether these drugs are potentially dangerous for the dog before they can ever be administered,” she said.
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