At the U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital, from the University of Melbourne, was conducted a brand-new research on the subject of the connection of consumption of raw chicken meat and developing APN (acute polyradiculoneuritis). They concluded that dogs that ate raw chicken were 70 times more at risk of developing this condition.

The cause of this condition confused the veterinary community for a long time. It is a rare condition that starts with weakness in the hind legs which then progresses to the front legs and the neck. Some dogs may die due to paralysis of their chest. For some patients may take up to 6 months to recover.

This paralysis is a result of the response of the dog’s immune system beginning to attack its own nerve roots and progressively worsening.

Acute polyradiculoneuritis is the canine version of Guillain-Barré syndrome in humans.

The team studied 74 dogs in total, part of them with symptoms and part without. They collected fecal samples and concluded that the dogs with symptoms were 9.4 times more likely to have a Campylobacter infection. They state that the source of the infection is uncooked chicken meat.

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