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Canine Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

    "Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a fatal disease. At present, the mechanisms of initiation and progression of this disease are poorly understood, the diagnosis is difficult to achieve and the prognosis is guarded. It is for these reasons that a research program was jointly initiated a few years ago in the faculties of Veterinary Medicine of Liege and Helsinki under the supervision of Professors Clercx and Rajamäki respectively."


    2021 - - Roels, E., Fastrès, A., Merveille, AC. et al. The prevalence of pulmonary hypertension assessed using the pulmonary vein‐to‐right pulmonary artery ratio and its association with survival in West Highland white terriers with canine idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. BMC Vet Res 17, 171 (2021).

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    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in West Highland white terriers: An update


    "Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a disease that mainly affects middle-aged to older dogs of terrier breeds, and most commonly the West Highland White Terrier."



    Below you will find older content - links to the cIPF's are no longer available except via the Internet Archives. The content is retained for information purposes.



    See cIPF's website for more information Dated link

    See the Internet Archives Link








    The Canine Pulmonary Fibrosis – CVU ULg website covers:


    A description of IPF, including symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and videos is available at:



    "Clinical studies

    Through ongoing collaboration with breeders, dogs’ owners and veterinary partners, we are actively collecting clinical information in IPF dogs. The purpose of this collection of clinical information is to characterize the disease as much as possible in order to improve the diagnosis, the estimation of prognosis and to correctly select animals for genetic and molecular studies.



    Molecular studies

    Molecular studies are conducted jointly at the Universities of Liège and Helsinki and aim to identify biomarkers of pulmonary fibrosis."



    Genetic studies to identify possible genetic mutations responsible for this disease are underway.



    Scientific research publications: WEBSITE ARTICLES:



    How to help -- Owners & Breeders

    If you are the owner of a dog suspected to have pulmonary fibrosis, or the owner of a healthy WHWT or healthy terrier dog older than 8 years, you can help us and take part in our research project on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. See:




    Information on this website was submitted to DogWellNet by Cécile Clercx, DVM, PhD, dipECVIM-CA, Professeur ordinaire, Médecine interne des Animaux de Compagnie pawprint15x15transparent.png.74bc617057b







    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a disease that mainly affects middle-aged to older dogs of terrier breeds, and most commonly the West Highland White Terrier.

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