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Clinical Trial: Early Detection Screening of Dogs for Bladder Cancer

The NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, with the help of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, is screening dogs for a bladder and prostate cancer called urothelial carcinoma or transitional cell carcinoma (UC/TCC).

As part of this study, investigators will screen dog urine for a UC/TCC marker using the BRAF Mutation Detection Assay to hopefully diagnose UC/TCC before dogs develop signs of cancer.

Eligibility

  1. Your dog must be clinically healthy, with no signs of urinary tract infections
  2. Your dog must be at least 6 years old
  3. Your dog must be one of the following breeds: American Eskimo Dog, Beagle, Parson Russell Terrier, Russell Terrier, Scottish Terrier, Shetland Sheepdog, West Highland White Terrier
  4. You must be willing to participate in the study for 12 months

Incentives

  • A free diagnostic test screening for UC/TCC.
  • If invited to the NC State Veterinary Hospital or UW Veterinary Care, your dog will receive a complete exam including bloodwork, abdominal ultrasound of the urinary tract, and cystoscopy of the urinary tract at no cost to you.
  • Dogs accepted into the study will also receive regular clinical follow-up for 12 months, at no cost to you.

How to Participate

To participate in this trial, you will be asked to do the following:

  1. Collect a urine sample from your dog
  2. Ship the sample to our laboratory using the self-addressed and postage-paid shipping containers.