Measurement of platelet function in cats
"Optimization of the Multiplate impedance aggregometer for use in cats."
Purpose of Study
The purpose of this study is to validate a technology used to measure platelet function. Platelets are a component of blood that is essential for forming (necessary) blood clots. This technology is currently used for humans, dogs, sheep and rats, but has not yet been used for cats. Our study will provide valuable information to help establish an easier method for measuring platelet function in cats. This will enable veterinarians to more easily identify platelet disorders and enhance medications used to inhibit platelets.
Enrolled cats will receive a free cardiovascular examination, including an echocardiogram, from a board certified veterinary cardiologist. The study will cover the costs of the blood draw, echocardiogram and associated analysis.
Cats who qualify for this study must be healthy with no history of medical problems and between 1 and 10 years of age. They will spend three hours at the WSU-VTH for a physical examination, echocardiogram and a blood draw.
Once enrolled, your cat will receive a physical exam and an echocardiogram to make sure they qualify for the study. After the physical exam, 12 ml of blood (a little over two teaspoons) will be drawn.
Owners are responsible for bringing their cat to the WSU-VTH on the arranged day of the exam and blood draw.
For more information please contact:
Valorie Wiss, Clinical Studies Coordinator