Projects

SAMSoc members work in first-opinion and referral practices as well as in academia. SAMSoc is therefore a platform to reach potential project collaborators. SAMSoc encourages the promotion of projects for members (e.g. questionnaire-based studies) and the generation of new projects in first-opinion practice.

Details of current projects are listed below.


Project

STOP on Sunday (SOS) Urinary Tract Infection Trial

The current standard antibiotic course prescribed for dogs with cystitis is typically between 3-7 days. The purpose of this trial is to establish the optimal duration of antibiotic treatment for urinary tract infection in female dogs. 900+ cases are sought, with involvement of pet owners.

Duration

Start date 01/02/2021

Contact

Fergus Allerton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 0121 712 7070, 07964 282584)

Andy Kent (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Tel:  0121 712 7070)

Cases & Criteria

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1. To receive your individual Castor login details please email Fergus at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. providing the name of your practice.

2. Owner consent form – this must be discussed with the owner prior to referral (please store completed consent forms and record that they informed consent has been acquired on your practice management system and on Castor)

3.  A summary PDF of all the steps in the study (including inclusion and exclusion criteria)

4.  A copy of the User’s guide to help familiarise yourself with CASTOR

5.  A copy of the questions for each phase of the CASTOR questionnaire:

a. Initial presentation
b. Monday after completion of the treatment course
c. 4 week follow up

This project has ethical approval.

Project Leaders

 SOS UTI Team

 

 


Project

REGLUCAT

Investigating the ability of a novel prescription diet to induce weight loss and diabetic remission in overweight diabetic cats.

A 1-year, randomised trial to assess the ability of a new prescription diet to induce weight loss and diabetic remission in overweight cats with Type 2-like diabetes (DM). Cats will receive free trial diet, disease screening and other benefits.

Duration

01/04/20201 - 01/01/2023

Cases & Criteria

Cases: Cats with Type 2-like DM who are overweight (ranging from mildly overweight to morbidly obese). Cats should have been diagnosed as diabetic within 6 months of trial recruitment.
Underlying disease screening performed by trial before recruitment

Criteria: Inclusion: Overweight/ obese cats with Type 2-like DM diagnosed within 6 months of recruitment, treated with BID PZI for at least 4 weeks before recruitment, no prior DM remission episodes.

Exclusion: Other DM types, fractious/nervous cats

Project has ethical approval.

Project Leaders

Amrita Mohanty, PhD Student, Royal Veterinary College
Ruth Gostelow, Lecturer in Small Animal Internal Medicine, Royal Veterinary College

 

 


Project

Urine cortisol:creatinine ratio and low-dose dexamethasone suppressed 24-hour urine cortisol:creatinine ratio in dogs with ‘Atypical Hyperadrenocorticism”

We aim to compare the 24-hour cumulative UCCR, pre and post dexamethasone suppression, between a population of dogs diagnosed with ‘atypical’ hyperadrenocorticism and a population of dogs with non-adrenal illness. Please contact us for more info.

Duration

12/8/20 to 12/8/21

Contact

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Tel 01425 485615

Cases & Criteria

The diagnosis of ‘atypical’ hyperadrenocorticism will be based on having at least 2 clinical signs of hyperadrenocorticism, negative results on both LDDST and ACTH stimulation testing, elevated 17-OHP concentration post ACTH administration.

We aim to recruit 10 dogs diagnosed with ‘atypical’ hyperadrenocorticism. The costs for measuring UCCRs in recruited cases will be covered by the investigators and there will be no additional cost to owners.

Anyone contributing 2 or more cases will be offered inclusion for authorship.

Project has ethical approval.

Project Leaders

Darren Kelly - Internal Medicine Clinician at SCVS

 

 


Project

Shar Pei Fever

A retrospective study looking at the clinical presentation, frequency and management approaches for Shar Pei fever in the United Kingdom. This study will use an electronic data capture platform (Castor) to facilitate data collection. Completion of data entry should only take 10 minutes and will hopefully demonstrate to owners that we are actively investigating an unusual condition affecting this breed.

Duration

To be advised

Contact

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Cases & Criteria

Shar Pei Fever is a condition of Shar Pei dogs which is characterised by recurrent episodes of lethargy, high temperature, and sometimes swelling of joints and joint pain. These episodes are not associated with an infectious cause, and typically resolve in a matter of days. The condition is thought to be inherited, and can predispose affected dogs to life-limiting kidney disease. We are investigating ways to further our understanding of this condition, including how it affects dogs and how it is being treated. With an improved understanding of the disease, we hope to be able to better help Shar Pei dogs and their owners in the future.
With this in mind, we invite owners of Shar Pei dogs born after 2004 to participate in a research project with researchers at Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service and the Small Animal Medicine Society (SAMsoc).

Vets are invited to complete a form which should take no more than 10 minutes.

Project Leaders

Fergus Allerton

 

 


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start or promote a
research project?

SAMSoc members all have an interest in internal medicine in common and many are actively involved with clinical research. Posting your project on the SAMSoc website is a great way to increase awareness  encourage participation. If you would like your project to be listed on the website, please contact us today, click the button below to submit details.

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