Thursday, May 5, 2005

Man’s Best Friend Needed For Senility Research

DAVIS, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and in some cases, the pooches forget their old tricks too.

That’s according to Dr. Melissa Bain, a researcher at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

She is looking for old dogs in the Davis and San Diego areas for a study on canine senility.

Dr. Bain says researchers will throw the dogs a bone by giving them supplements and observing how it affects their condition.

She says the signs of the doggie Alzheimer’s-like disease are disorientation, wandering, getting lost in the home, and change in house training and sleeping patterns.

Dr. Bain says she’s recruiting any breed of dog between the ages of 11 and 14 years old, as long as they haven’t been receiving treatment for their senility.

Dr. Bain says her long term goal is to use the dogs as a model for humans and see how the finding may help humans.

Folks who want their memory-stricken mutt to participate can call (866) 790-0279.

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