New Clinical Trial for Cats with Chronic Kidney Disease
Does your cat have kidney disease?
One of the most common disease processes that affects older cats is Chronic Kidney Disease or CKD. CKD happens when there has been a gradual loss of kidney function over time. Your kitty’s kidneys filter wastes and excess fluids from his or her blood. These substances are then excreted in the kitty’s urine. When chronic kidney disease reaches an advanced stage, dangerous levels of fluid, electrolytes, and wastes can build up in the body. In mild to moderate CKD you may see decreased grooming, decreased appetite, weight loss and lethargy (weakness, sleeping more, less active, etc.). As CKD progresses many cats become anemic. You may see pale gums and increased rate of breathing and increased heart rate.
We do have many ways to help these cats live longer happier lives. We can help their kidney function with food changes, supplements, and often times fluids. These cats may also have high blood pressure which we can check and treat in many cases. When the disease process progresses to the point of the cat being anemic is where we often have fewer options in helping.
We at The Pet Hospitals are happy to announce we have been asked to participate in a clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of an investigational new animal drug for the management of anemia in cats with CKD. This is a very exciting opportunity for our cats with CKD. We would be happy to screen your kitty for potential involvement in the study. All tests, physical exams, and drug costs are covered by the company. Cats that qualify will be evaluated over two consecutive months. They will need to be available for weekly check ups- free of charge. For more information please contact us at 901-830-7330. A Dr. will return your call and help you determine if your feline friend may qualify.