How to help us?

Owners & Breeders

If you are the owner of a dog suspected to have pulmonary fibrosis, or the owner of a healthy WHWT or healthy terrier dog older than 8 years, you can help us and take part in our research project on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

At the faculty of vetenary medicine in Liège:

How to help us

If you are the owner of a dog suspected to have pulmonary fibrosis, we offer you free confirmation of the diagnosis in your dog,  using several possible diagnostic tools including blood analysis, thoracic radiographs and thoracic tomodensitometry (scanner), echocardiography, blood gas, walking test, bronchoscopy and bronchoalveolar lavage (when indicated). The follow up of your dog, to allow the best adaptation of treatment, is also offered (regular check-ups every 4 to 6 months). At each consultation, we collect blood for our investigations (see tab research). We also need to collect a lung biopsy just after death. This biopsy is essential; it is needed to definitively confirm the diagnosis, as well as to investigate initiation and progression mechanisms of fibrosis through the use of molecular and immuno-staining techniques. We therefore hope to better understand those mechanisms, hopefully contributing to the identification of efficacious therapeutic targets.

If you are the owner of an apparently healthy Westie of more than 8 years, we offer you a free screening of the disease in our clinic, through clinical examination, blood analysis, echocardiography and thoracic tomodensitometry (scanner-under sedation). The samples collected will be used in genetic and molecular studies (se tab research). This is very important as we need to compare the results obtained in dog with fibrosis with those free of the disease, in order to be able to interpret them adequately.

Finally, if you are the owner of a healthy terrier dog (with pedigree) of more than 8 years of age, we also invite you to screen your dog for free, through non-invasive tests including clinical examination, blood work and echocardiography. The aim is to collect blood samples from healthy dogs, with a predisposition for the pulmonary fibrosis which is much lower than the West Highland White terrier.

At your vet:

If you are the owner of a dog suspected to have pulmonary fibrosis, and if you are unable to come to visit us, but are interested in taking part in our project with your dog, we invite you to inform your vet about our project. Your vet might then become a partner and get access to all required information, including information about collection and transfer of adequate samples to us.

Veterinarians

You can greatly help us by becoming a partner of our project. You are welcome to register and get your own access to all practical information concerning the project and sampling details. One you have a patient with suspicion of pulmonary fibrosis, please complete the clinical data sheet and ask the owners to sign the consent form. If possible please collect blood at each visit, and take a lung biopsy soon after the dog’s death or euthanasia.

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