DNA SAMPLES FOR COCKER SPANIEL ITP STUDY
What is ITP?
Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP, also known as IMT) causes spontaneous bleeding and bruising because the body destroys its own normal blood platelets. This is an autoimmune disease that typically develops in adult dogs. Although Cocker Spaniels have an increased risk for ITP, the environmental and genetic causes remain unknown. Our goal is to identify immune and genetic factors that cause ITP so that we can improve disease diagnosis and treatment. Your dog’s blood samples will help us accomplish these goals. Thank you for your support!
Marjory Brooks, DVM, DACVIM
Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory
Dana LeVine, DVM, DACVIM, PhD
Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Iowa State University