U of Illinois vets try to crowd-fund dog research

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Three University of Illinois veterinarians are hoping the public will help them pay for research to try to make surgery safer for dogs. Stuart Clark-Price, Heidi Phillips and Laura Selmic have launched a crowd-funding campaign on a website called experiment.com to try to raise $8,850 to pay for a clinical trial. Clark-Price told The News-Gazette in Champaign that the three want to find out if anesthesia can be made safer for dogs. It is currently riskier for dogs than it is for people. The idea is to use amino acids to help avoid hypothermia that can often lead to serious side effects for dogs in surgery. Clark-Price said they would eventually like to work on cats and horses.