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Pet Microbiome Project

Purpose

To determine the composition of the microbiome and antibiotic resistance markers in the feces (poop) of healthy dogs.

Background

The microbiome describes the genetic material of all the microbes - bacteria, fungi, and viruses - that live on and inside an organism’s body. Most of these tiny microbes are helpful and necessary. Medications, illnesses, and even the foods we eat can affect the balance of the microbiome. The purpose is to determine the composition of the microbiome and antibiotic resistance markers in the feces (poop) of healthy dogs. This study is a partnership with the US Food and Drug Administration.

Eligibility

  • Healthy dogs who haven’t recently taken any antimicrobial, immunosuppressive, or probiotic medications are eligible for the study

Study Design

Voided fecal samples will be collected at the Veterinary Teaching Hosptial or by owners, placed in transport container we’ll provide, and delivered to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital within 72 hours of collection.  Basic data about your dog will be collected from the medical record.  Fecal samples and associated data will be submitted to our collaborators at the Food and Drug Administration for further processing to characterize the canine microbiome.

Sampling instructions for owners

Compensation

There is no cost for participating in this study, and participants are not compensated.  

Contact

Dr. Tessa LeCuyer, DVM, PhD  
Email: tlecuyer@vt.edu 

Mindy Quigley, Clinical Trials Coordinator
Office Phone: 540-231-1363 | Email: mindyq@vt.edu

If your query is urgent, please call the Small Animal Hospital at 540-231-4621.