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Updated: March 20, 2021, 10:03 p.m. IS
Washington [US]Mar. 20 (ANI): Results from a recent study suggest that consuming a raw food diet from the late stage of suckling through to around two months of age may help reduce the prevalence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in dogs later in life to reduce .
Who doesn’t want their pooch to be healthy and not have diseases like inflammatory bowel disease? If you want your four-legged friend to stay away from such diseases, the results of a new study can be of great help. This study, led by researchers from the University of Helsinki, was published in the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science.
In addition, it was found that a raw diet that was then given for up to six months had a positive effect. At the same time, the study shows that feeding puppies dry food early can increase the incidence of IBD later in life.
In addition to diet, maternal history of IBD and the dog’s sex and age have been linked to the onset of the disease in adulthood.
“Puppies whose mothers had IBD were 7.9 times the risk of developing the disease, with male puppies 2.1 times the risk of female puppies. IBD was at 5 to 10 year old dogs most common, “said Manal Hemida, DVM, the lead researcher on the Helsinki One Health network study.
Vaccinations given to dams during or shortly before pregnancy increased the likelihood of IBD in their offspring by 1.5 times compared to puppies whose dams had not been vaccinated during the corresponding period.
Another relevant factor was the puppy’s weight: lean puppies had 1.4 times the chance of developing the disease in adulthood compared to puppies of normal weight.
“However, it is still unclear whether the lower body weight is a consequence of undiagnosed early IBD. All of the results of our study suggest causal relationships, but do not prove them. Future prospective longitudinal studies of dietary intervention are also needed to confirm our findings confirm to develop primary strategies for IBD prevention in dogs, “said Docent Anna Hielm-Bjorkman, head of the DogRisk research group.
As data for the study, the researchers used an online feeding survey launched in 2009 by the DogRisk research group at the University of Helsinki Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
The study looked at environmental exposure at four early life stages of dogs, two of which were the dog’s intrauterine life as a fetus and the lactation period, when newborns receive all of their food by suckling. The last two stages were the early (1-2 month old) and late (2-6 month old) puppy periods. (ANI)