Dr Paulina Śliwka from the Department of Food Biotechnology and Microbiology at the Wrocław University of Life Sciences will investigate the use of bacteriophages in the treatment of diarrhoea caused by pathogenic anaerobic bacteria in dogs and cats. She has won a grant for her research in the Miniatura competition organised by the National Science Centre.
“Bacteriophages, i.e. viruses that attack and destroy bacteria, are becoming increasingly popular. Numerous studies are evaluating their potential in the treatment of humans or in animal husbandry, but in veterinary practice involving companion animals, i.e. dogs and cats, they are rare”, says Dr Śliwka.
The anaerobic bacteria Clostridioides difficile and Clostridium perfringens can cause severe diarrhoea in cats and dogs. They are also resistant to antibiotics, prompting veterinarians to look for new therapeutic agents, including bacteriophages.
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