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AMC CLINICAL TRIAL - EVALUATION OF DKA AND INSULIN ADMINISTRATION

Comparison of constant rate intravenous infusion and intermittent intramuscular administration of regular insulin in cats with diabetic ketoacidosis Purpose Diabetes is a common problem in cats, and can progress to diabetic ketosis/ketoacidosis (DKA). DKA is a severe illness which often requires intensive in-hospital insulin treatment. Multiple routes of insulin administration have been described in cats with DKA; in this study, researchers will identify whether insulin administered intravenously or intramuscularly is most effective to treat these cats. Eligibility To be eligible for this study, cats must meet several criteria, including (but not limited to) the following:  Clinical signs o

CLINICAL TRIAL FOR PEOPLE WITH CAT ALLERGIES

CATNIP is a clinical research trial which will test whether an experimental drug called AMG 157 given with cat allergy shots will help the cat allergy shots work. The researchers want to see if after just one year of treatment, which is less than the 2-3 year standard therapy for allergy shots, relief will continue for at least one more year after stopping both medications. AMG 157 is an antibody, like the ones your body makes when you have an infection. This antibody has been made in a laboratory and is like other medications that have been developed to treat arthritis and allergy by decreasing inflammation. AMG 157 is an experimental drug. Study participants will be randomly assigned to r

NC STATE: CLINICAL TRIAL ULTRASOUND & DYSPNEA

EVALUATION OF BED-SIDE LUNG ULTRASOUND FOR EMERGENCIES (THE VET BLUE PROTOCOL) FOR EMERGENCY EVALUATION OF DYSPNEA IN DOGS AND CATS Description This project is a clinical study to evaluate the use of lung ultrasound in diagnosis of dyspnea in dogs and cats. The aim of this study is to evaluate a protocol for performing a bedside thoracic ultrasound in dogs and cats presenting to the emergency room for respiratory distress. Respiratory distress is a common presenting complaint in veterinary emergency rooms, and can occur for a variety of reasons. The cardiology section is participating in a multi-center clinical trial evaluating a medical therapy for congestive heart failure in dogs. Addition

NC STATE: CLINICAL TRIAL FOR FELINE ARTHRITIS & NSAID STUDY

FELINE ARTHRITIS AND NSAID STUDY Description Did you know that there are no approved medications for chronic pain in cats? One reason for this is that there are no validated ways to determine if cats have chronic musculoskeletal pain. The lack of validated ways to assess pain makes it difficult for veterinarians to know if your cat is suffering from chronic pain. This study will help Veterinarians to determine if pain is present, and guide treatment by being able to assess how well those treatments are working. Researchers at NC State are evaluating a long-term non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for treatment of chronic musculo-skeletal disorder (CMSD), including arthritis, in cats

PENNVET: CLINICAL TRIAL FOR USE OF NEAR-INFRARED IMAGING IN SURGICAL ACCURACY FOR FELINE SOFT TISSUE

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine is conducting a study to determine if near-infrared imaging can improve the surgeon’s ability to see cancer and cancer margins during surgery to remove feline soft tissue sarcomas. Clean surgical margins are vital in both veterinary and human surgical oncology to minimize the chance of local recurrence. We are using an FDA approved near-infrared imaging agent and novel imaging systems to identify the tumor and its margins during surgery. This imaging adds no more than 15 minutes to a surgical procedure and the study has been evaluated and approved by the University’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Eligibility: Cats wi

PENNVET: CLINICAL TRIAL- MEDICATION FOR ANEMIA IN CATS WITH CHRONIC RENAL DISEASE

Are you seeing a cat with chronic kidney disease and anemia? A study is now enrolling subjects to evaluate a new investigational medication for anemia in cats with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Many cats with mid to late stage CKD develop anemia, which can significantly decrease quality of life. Anemic cats are often treated with recombinant human erythropoietin (epoetin alfa, darbepoetin) due to the lack of a commercially available feline erythropoietin. This study will evaluate an investigational drug designed to augment endogenous erythropoietin production in cats with CKD. Eligibility: Stage 3 CKD Hematocrit <29% No previous treatment with human erythropoietin (epoetin alfa, darbepoetin

COLORADO STATE: CLINICAL TRIAL FOR TRANSDERMAL MIRTAZAPINE IN CATS

Mirtazapine is a medication that has been used in human medicine as an antidepressant. The drug widely used in veterinary medicine due to the presence of several desirable effects, namely its significant anti-nausea, anti-vomiting and appetite stimulating properties. It has been shown to be effective in increasing weight and appetite and decreasing vomiting in cats with chronic kidney disease. However, many owners have difficulty administering pills to their cat. We believe that mirtazapine, like many other medications, could be effective when formulated as a transdermal gel that can be applied to the skin of the ear. The purpose of this study is to perform a study to document the appetite s

COLORADO STATE CLINICAL TRIAL: FELINE PANCREATITIS AND MRI STUDIES

Who qualifies? Cats with clinical signs attributable to pancreatitis, such as vomiting, anorexia, and/or blood work and physical examination findings consistent with pancreatitis. Concurrent diseases such as abdominal neoplasia or gastrointestinal foreign body would be reasons for exclusion from the study. What is the study about? Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) in cats is increasingly recognized as a common and important disease associated with significant clinical signs and even death. Pancreatitis is often difficult to diagnose with current imaging examinations and blood tests. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study called magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) i

COLORADO STATE CLINICAL TRIAL: SOD AND DIABETES MELLITUS IN CATS

Feline Hairball Study: A Novel Treatment for Feline Diabetes Mellitus Who qualifies: Any cat that has been diagnosed with diabetes. More information: This study will determine if Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) aids cats with Diabetes. This is a double-blind study and there is the possibility of your cat receiving placebo; however, it is possible to receive SOD treatment post-study. Financial incentives: Cats will receive a free checkups and blood work pre- and post-treatment. To enroll: Interested participants can learn more by contacting Dr. Craig Webb; (970) 297-5000. Shared from http://csu-cvmbs.colostate.edu/vth/veterinarians/clinical-trials/Pages/default.aspx#feline

COLORADO STATE CLINICAL TRIAL: LIVER DISEASE AND MIRTAZAPINE

Limited Sampling Strategy for Determining Mirtazapine Pharmacokinetics in Cats with Liver Disease ​Who qualifies: We currently need assistance enrolling cats with liver disease. Patients must have confirmed diagnosis of liver disease in order to be eligible to participate in this study. This includes cats that have been diagnosed with liver disease based on elevation of serum liver enzymes (specifically ALT greater than 200 IU/L or elevated total bilirubin levels) and for whom hyperthyroidism has been ruled out. Ideal patients are cholangiohepatitis, hepatic lipidosis and lymphoma cats that you would be considering giving the drug to anyway. Presence of CKD is an exclusion criteria. Please c

SURVEY REGARDING INDOOR ENRICHMENT FOR CATS AND BODY WEIGHT

Survey: Environmental enrichment benefits to body weight Environmental enrichment can sometimes result in beneficial (side effect) changes in body weight and/or body condition score in some confined cats. This has led Dr. Tony Buffington to wonder if a more intentional focus on behavioral, as well as nutritional issues, might lead to better outcomes for these cats. To begin to address this question he invites veterinary teams to complete the brief one-minute survey. The goal is to use the data collected to develop a working group of colleagues interested in pursuing and contributing to this effort. Should you have any question please contact Dr. Buffington at buffington.1@osu.edu. Shared fro

UGA: CLINICAL TRIAL FOR CATS WITH HISTORY OF ARTERIAL THROMBOEMBOLISM

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA VETERINARY TEACHING HOSPITAL Vet Med offers clinical trial for cats with history of arterial thromboembolism Writer: Tara Bracken Contact: Kat Yancey Gilmore Benjamin Brainard Athens, Ga. - Researchers at the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital are seeking participants for a new multicenter randomized clinical trial. The three-year study dubbed "SUPER-CAT" for "study of the utility of rivaroxaban or clopidogrel for prevention of recurrent arterial thromboembolism in cats" aims to prolong life expectancy and improve quality of life in cats diagnosed with recurrent arterial thromboembolism ("saddle thrombus") through anticoagulant treatment. Qualified parti

UGA: CLINICAL TRIAL FOR CATS WITH ARTHRITIS

From the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine: UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital Clinical Trial Announcement Study to evaluate the effect and safety of Onsior® in cats with chronic musculoskeletal disorder What we are looking for: Cats of any breed or sex, older than one year, weighing between 5.5 and 26.4 lbs with radiographic evidence of degenerative joint disease in at least two painful joints About the study: Chronic musculoskeletal disorder (CMSD) is relatively frequent in older cats and includes joint osteoarthritis (OA), spinal disorders, and post-traumatic disorders e.g. after a fracture. Robenacoxib (trade name Onsior®) is analgesic and anti-inflammatory in cats an

Did you know... vomiting just 2x/month may be a sign of intestinal disease in cats?

All cats vomit from time to time, right? But how much is too much? Do you know how often your cat vomits? Drs. Gary Norsworthy and Jen Olson of Alamo Feline Health Center in Alamo, Texas set out to answer these questions. What they found was surprising. Read below for more information (From the article "Those Frustrating Vomiting Cats." For the full article, please visit http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/those-frustrating-vomiting-cats) : Like each of you, we have been frustrated with the seemingly healthy cat that vomits twice a month or twice a week or twice a day. And like you and our clients, we have accepted these explanations for chronic vomiting: 1. He eats too fast. 2. Sh

UGA: CLINICAL TRIAL FOR DIABETIC CATS

From the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine: UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital Clinical Trial Announcement Study to determine the appearance of the pancreas in diabetic cats using computed tomography (CT) imaging. What we are looking for: Diabetic cats of any age, breed or sex that have been diagnosed with diabetes for at least one year (12 months) and are currently receiving insulin injections (once or twice daily). About the study: Diabetes mellitus is an endocrine disease that is becoming increasingly common in cats. A large number of diabetic cats may go into remission after diagnosis and not require lifelong insulin therapy for control of their disease. Currently, t

Did you know... that cats get heartworm disease, too?

Many cat owners are unaware that their kitties can be infected with heartworms. Even indoor cats. Heartworms are a parasite that looks like a piece of spaghetti when full grown. They are spread by mosquitoes. When a mosquito takes a blood meal from your cat, it passes along a tiny larval stage of heartworms. As the larval stages mature, they migrate through the tissues on their way to the cat's heart. This migration, along with the cat's immune reaction, is what causes so much damage in most cats. Unlike dogs, cats are not the primary host, and they develop a very strong reaction trying to rid their system of these invaders. This battle frequently takes place in the lungs, resulting

Did you know... that Lilies are toxic to cats?

I thought I'd start my first vet blog with something that is really, really important. I'm always surprised to find out how many cat owners are unaware of the toxicity of lilies to cats. I will always remember a client from 15 years ago. Her older kitty passed away, and to help cheer her up, she was sent a bouquet of flowers from a caring friend. Unfortunately, the bouquet contained lilies, and her young kitty did what cats do best, and he investigated the flowers. He came to me critically ill, and unfortunately, she ended up losing both her cats in the span of a few days. Lilies kill cats. ALL parts of the lily plant are poisonous, and it only takes a very small amount to do harm. E