Osteoarthritis in Cats
As we mentioned last month, cats are masters at hiding their illnesses, so as pet owners we need to keep close watch on their behavior. As Morris Animal Foundation continues to fund impactful science to help our feline friends lead longer, healthier lives, we would like to share an update with you about one of our studies.
In our Fall edition of vetNEWS, we highlighted Dr. Mary Klinck’s work on pain management in feline osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease found in cats. Cited in Dr. Klinck’s work is a 2008 Morris Animal Foundation funded study by Dr. Duncan Lascelles and his team at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Lascelles’ work has been extensively featured in publications and presentations around the country.
Completed in 2011, Dr. Lascelles and his team at NC State developed a questionnaire that identifies activities and behaviors that reflect owners’ perceptions of chronic joint pain in their cats.
In developing this tool, the team also determined which parameters a pet owner uses to evaluate their cat’s quality of life. Researchers identified expected items, such as mobility and the ability to perform activities. As a result of this work, researchers developed criteria that can accurately evaluate cats for degenerative joint disease. This study offered a better understanding of how owners assess chronic pain in their pet cats. The ongoing development of new tools will improve patient care by offering the means to assess an existing level of chronic musculoskeletal discomfort. This body of work also helps veterinarians and clinical researchers accurately assess the effectiveness of therapies for chronic joint pain in cats.
This is a great example of the scope and impact of Morris Animal Foundation funded scientific studies to benefit animal health.
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