Avianax, a company researching a cure for flocks of dying geese, discovered an antibody in goose eggs that could end up saving hundreds of puppy lives every year, as well as save pet parents thousands of dollars.
Putting an End to Parvo
Canine parvovirus is a serious condition that affects thousands of dogs every year, often a result of an extended stay in close quarters with other dogs (i.e., animal shelters, kennels) since it is transmitted through waste and direct contact. Dogs that contract the debilitating virus often end up dying as a result of the infection, or are euthanized because of the pain the condition puts them through, as well as the massive expense treatment ends up being — frequently costing upwards of $2,000.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture allowed Avianax to undertake the necessary field trials, despite the fact that permitting a test like this is typically reserved for a specific outbreak or a more dire situation. The reason that testing was allowed to continue is because of how quickly this condition can be spread in confined spaces. Also, there is no product specifically designed to target parvovirus, leaving dogs that end up contracting the virus at grave risk. As such, field trials are taking place in Missouri, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Texas, North Carolina, and Arizona.
This new treatment — reported to be priced at $75 a dose — has been tested on 50 puppies infected with parvo and has resulted in a 90% cure rate, which is quite promising this early on in the trials. Richard Glynn, the COO of Avianax hopes to start selling what is now being called “The ParvoONE Antibody-Based Treatment” by spring 2015.
Moving Beyond Parvo
While providing an affordable, low impact cure for Parvo is a big step forward in veterinary medicine, the potential for this type of treatment does not end there. These newly discovered antibodies, Avianax believes, may have useful applications in the future treatment of rabies, dengue fever, avian flu, and even some types of cancer.
Thanks to Avianax and their groundbreaking research, parvo may soon become a thing of the past.
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