PNEUMONIA SURVEY PROGRESS
As it is almost one year to the day that we started work on this survey I felt you should have some information on our progress so far. Although Angela Bodey is keen to receive details of any hound who develops a recurrence of pneumonia having filled in an initial survey, 31 March was the cut-off date for all new surveys and she is now starting to analyse all the information received.
On 8 May she is seeing Mark Dunning from the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, Nottingham University to meet the Evidence Based Medicines team to look at software which would be suitable to use with her data and enable her to do robust statistical analyses and create something that will stand up in a scientific arena with the goal of publishing in a peer-review journal, probably the Journal of Small Animal Practice. Following this meeting she will then have a month to further prepare her data and conclusions before she gives the presentation in Finland in June.
Many, many thanks to all who have completed survey forms. Hopefully we are getting closer to being able to produce an evidence-based protocol for the treatment of pneumonia in Irish Wolfhounds which can be given to all vets.
Great news. The pneumonia study is moving into the next phase. Mark Dunning of Nottingham University and Angela Bodey, who undertook the first stage of the study for the Health Group, are expanding the survey to include all cases of acute respiratory disease in the Irish Wolfhound. Whether diagnosed as pneumonia or not, all such cases carry an equal risk to the Wolfhound and should be investigated immediately so the right treatment can be prescribed. More details to follow on how you can help with the research so - watch this space!