I’m posting this for two reasons. First, it’s easy to forget the price paid for a lot of the products & medications we have, and I think no matter how you feel about animal testing, we need to be aware of what is done to animals in the testing of those products & medications. (I say this as someone whose uncle died from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.) Second, you don’t need to be afraid to adopt an adult dog. I used to think that I’d only want to have a dog that I got as a puppy because I wanted to ensure that it had the “perfect” upbringing. Getting our dog Saffron at 6 mos. and these Beagles show dogs can overcome so much when they’re given a chance.
Beagles are commonly used in research because they’re considered easier to handle than other breeds. When these dogs are “retired” from research, they need a home. The Beagle Freedom Project works to give these dogs a new life in a real home.
This is pretty nifty! Researchers have developed a vaccine for people allergic to cats. It uses a synthetic version of the protein in cats’ saliva that is deposited on their fur when they groom.
The study found:
In a clinical trial, 88 patients were injected with the vaccine or a placebo and the researchers found that the product led to a 40 per cent reduction in effects on their skin that develop several hours after contact with a cat.
This was said to be the same effect that would be achieved with a year’s worth of traditional allergy vaccines, and prevented symptoms developing “for a prolonged period”.