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Rare Disease in Dogs Helps Us Better Understand Ourselves

Photo of a dog recovering from a visit to the vet

Sometimes your pet is sick and you don’t know why. They can’t tell you. They might show you in vague ways, such as eating less, sleeping more, scratching too much, or coughing occasionally. No one wants to over-react, but by the time you make it to the vet it could be too late for intervention.

In 2016, the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University discovered a rare and dangerous form of pulmonary disease in dogs. Previously only known to affect people, MSU has now established that pulmonary veno-occlusive disease, or PVOD, also occurs in canines. As lead researcher Kurt Williams told MSU Today, “It’s cases like this that help to remind us how important veterinary medicine is to medicine in general.”

But while biomedical research draws ever-increasing levels of public interest and funding, veterinary research labs are often left to soldier on with little support.

Priorclave’s goal is to provide researchers with the equipment they deserve: Reliable, Flexible, Programable, Affordable, and Safe. Most importantly, we want them to have the support they need to get their work done. Veterinary research helps us better understand our world as a whole system. Labs specializing in veterinary medical research need quality equipment just as much as labs that focus on human medicine.

[Photo credit: Austin Kirk, CC BY 2.0]