Small Animal Clinical Services

  • CLINICAL STUDY: Pancreatitis in Cats

    CLINICAL STUDY: Pancreatitis in Cats

    The Small Animal Internal Medicine Service at WSU is Conducting a Study to Evaluate Pain Score Assessment & PTHrP Levels in Cats Diagnosed with Pancreatitis

    Pancreatitis is a difficult disease to diagnose in cats, as they tend to hide their discomfort. We will assess each patient for pain using 2 validated scoring systems in order to improve pain recognition and treatment strategies. Since PTHrP is a biomarker for pancreatitis in humans, our goal is to see if PTHrP is elevated in cats with pancreatitis.

    Clinical Trial Pain Score, Cat at the Vet

    Eligibility Criteria

    Cats who:
    • Have suspected pancreatitis (anorexia/hyporexia, vomiting, lethargy, abdominal pain)
    • Do not have cancer
    Owners who are:
    • Willing to bring their cat to WSU's Veterinary Teaching Hospital for 2 separate visits

    This Study Provides

    • CBC, Serum Chemistry, & Urinalysis
    • Abdominal Ultrasound
    • PTHrP testing
    • Texas A&M GI Panel & Triglyceride level
    • 1 Free follow-up exam with pain assessment &repeated fPLI test

    For more information please contact:

    Dr. Jennifer E. Slovak

    Small Animal Internal Medicine 

Washington State University