Cat Urinary Problems Clinical Trial Michigan
Michigan State University Campus 2000 - photo by Jim (Flickr)
Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in East Lansing is running a cat urinary problems clinical trial. Urinary conditions in cats are one of the most common cat health problems.
I don't know if you have to live near to the university to take part in the trial. I suspect that you do as there are probably enough cats nearby for the trial. They probably have to check out the cat as well to see if he or she meets the requirements of the trial.
If I was living not too far from the university and kept a cat that had persistent urinary tract problems I think I would give them a call.
Apparently more than 500,000 cats in the USA suffer from bladder issues. Kidney disease can result.
The trial looks at diet as a preventative measure. The diet on trial controls the levels of calcium, magnesium, oxalate and phosphorus, the substances that make the bladder stones. The new diet also contains vitamin B6 and potassium citrate to stop the formation of stones.
Clearly the team running the trial believe that existing cat food can be improved in terms of managing urinary tract problems.
The trial is being run by John Kruger DVM and cats are being enrolled through December 2010.
All costs related to diagnosis, monitoring the disease and food are paid by the study group. The study period is for 2 years.
Tel: 517-432-9902 for more details.
Here is a map: