MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2021 (HealthDay News)
New research on illness in English bulldogs has discovered a previously unknown genetic health condition — and could save the lives of some beloved family pets.
Researchers were attempting to better understand B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (BCLL), a common cancer, when they uncovered a non-cancerous syndrome called polyclonal B-cell lymphocytosis. This benign condition has many similar appearances to leukemia.
“This could save some dogs from being misdiagnosed, treated for cancer or even euthanized when they shouldn’t be,” said Dr. Anne Avery, professor of microbiology, immunology and pathology at Colorado State University. “The dogs may look to their veterinarians like they have leukemia, based on original diagnostics, but they don’t actually have cancer.”
Avery and her colleagues previously had identified different breeds at risk for BCLL, including English bulldogs. Researchers had found that English bulldogs were significantly younger when their condition appeared and had differences