American Association of Feline Practitioners

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Clinical Trials

List of Clinical Trials

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. Posted 5/11/15

Chronic Kidney Failure in Cats

Dr. Jody Lulich at the Minnesota Urolith Center (MUC) is investigating the connection between kidney stones and chronic kidney failure in cats. To help solve this common, costly and devastating problem, the Minnesota Urolith Center is requesting veterinarians to send the kidneys of cats who have succumbed to their illness. If cats with radiographically or ultrasonographically diagnosed kidney stones have a kidney removed during therapy, succumb to their illness, or are humanely euthanized; place whole, intact kidneys (without cutting them open) in formalin and ship them to Dr. Jody Lulich. To receive shipping information and instructions so that we cover the cost, email Dr. Lulich at lulic001@umn.edu. One of the most compassionate acts we can perform as veterinarians and cat owners is to contribute to the efforts of scientists working to cure diseases. Posted 2/18/15

Improvement of Aggression Between Housemate Cats

Recruiting client-owned cats to participate in a clinical study that will assess the effect of a new pheromone product for the management and resolution of aggression between familiar housemate cats. This prospective, double blind trial is designed to investigate the causes of aggression between housemate cats, strategies owners use to intervene and the resolution of aggression. Eligibility is determined by owner completion of a check list and enrollment is through July 2014. Cats that have been fighting for more than 2 weeks may be eligible. Households including more than 6 cats are not eligible. Cats that are separated within the same home are not eligible. Use of any natural OTC supplements or pheromones in the home within 30 days of enrollment is not allowed. Use of longer acting medications (e.g. fluoxetine) is not allowed within 90 days. Volunteers are enrolled by attending a two hour educational meeting during which the feline social relationships, significance of feline body postures, and common aggressive displays is discussed. For more information on enrollment and qualifications, please contact Behavioral Medicine Oakland Veterinary Referral Services, 1400 S. Telegraph Rd. Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302, Ph:1-248-334-6877, TheresaDVM@aol.com.  Posted 4/7/14

Feline Mycobacterial Disease

Dr. Carolyn O'Brien, a Feline Medicine Specialist, is collecting epidemiological data on feline mycobacteriosis from vets and owners from a world-wide perspective. As such, she has launched a website that provides a portal for people to enter their cat’s details into a confidential database (which will not be forwarded on to any third party, nor will the information or website be used for any financial gain). Posted 3/9/14

Colorado State University - Clinical Trials Website

The Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital lists current clinical trials on their website. There are several open trials recruiting feline patients. 

Penn Veterinary Medicine - Clinical Trials Website

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine lists current clinical trials on their website. There are several open trials recruiting feline patients.

Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials (VCCT) 

The University of California - Davis School of Veterinary Medicine lists current clinical trials on their website. There are several open trials recruiting feline patients.