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Albertus D. Viljoen

BVSc GPCert(SAM) GPCert(SAS) MRCVS, Vets4Pets Torquay, Bridge Retail Park, Hele Road, Torquay, TQ2 7AP, United Kingdom

  • Short Communication   
    Commentary on the Domestic Dog as a Potential Spontaneous Animal Model for Research on Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders in Humans
    Author(s): Albertus D. Viljoen*

    Research on functional gastrointestinal disorders is hampered by the lack of an ideal animal model in which principles of diagnosis and treatment can be demonstrated. Two recent studies in domestic dogs provide some evidence that this species warrants investigation as a potential spontaneous model for functional gastrointestinal disorders. In both studies, it is speculated that the occurrence of gallbladder dysmotility could represent one component of potential functional gastrointestinal disorders in this species. Other parallels between functional gastrointestinal disorders in humans and the observations made in the two groups of dogs include: an immunological response in the form of lymphoplasmacytic inflammation in the gallbladder wall and duodenum; diet as an important factor in clinical .. Read More»

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