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Register cats for a free hyperthyroidism study at Cornell

CatCornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine invites your cats to participate in a free hyperthyroidism study at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine as part of a collaborative project that will further our understanding of treatment options for hyperthyroidism in feline. To pre-register, please call 607-253-3060 and ask to speak Angela Struble or email your interest to ams29@cornell.edu. All costs incurred at Cornell University will be covered by the study, which is sponsored by Hills.

To participate in the study, your cat must be an indoor-only cat that has increased levels of the thyroid hormone, but is otherwise in good health, as confirmed by your cat’s veterinarian. The screening, which is ongoing will require six visits, two of which will be overnight visits to the Cornell University Hospital for Animals. Initial and one year visits will include cardiology exams (also complimentary) and scintigraphy test to pinpoints the location and size of the nodules. Accommodations for cats from regional homes, that would find it difficult to travel to the Cornell University Hospital for Animals, may be made in partnership with regional veterinarians.

“Currently, there are several treatments for cats with hyperthyroidism, all with various pros and cons,” said Dr. Joseph Wakshlag, assistant professor of nutrition at the College of Veterinary Medicine. “This study will help us determine if there is an additional, viable option—using a specially formulated prescription cat food to control thyroid hormone levels—that may make sense for some patients. Early results in some hard to control cats are promising and may be an option for some cats that are too old or have indications where radioactive iodine treatments is not an option.”

For more information or to pre-register for this screening, email ams29@cornell.edu.