Pet dogs owned by lupus patients are at a higher risk of developing lupus.

@article{Chiou2004PetDO,
  title={Pet dogs owned by lupus patients are at a higher risk of developing lupus.},
  author={Shiow-Her Chiou and J Lan and S-L Lin and Der-Yuan Chen and N V Tsaĭ and C-Y Kuan and T U Lin and F-J Lin and W Lee and Tsang-Jung Chang},
  journal={Lupus},
  year={2004},
  volume={13 6},
  pages={442-9}
}
The aim of this study is to determine whether pet dogs owned by patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are at a higher risk of developing SLE. Diagnosis of canine SLE was mainly based on the 11 diagnostic criteria for human SLE and two marked immunological features of canine SLE. Among 59 pet dogs owned by 37 SLE patients, 11 (18.64%) were ANA positive, and three (5.08%) had SLE. In contrast, of 187 pet dogs owned by non-SLE households, nine (4.81%) were ANA positive, and none (0… CONTINUE READING
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