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Some studies indicate about 20% of diabetic cats are euthanized in the first year of diagnosis because of reduced quality of life of both the pet and owner. Given the high prevalence of feline diabetes, it’s critical to find new ways to screen prediabetic cats and develop new strategies to slow or prevent disease progression. Researchers will evaluate changes in the gut microbiota of diabetic cats that interfere with the cats’ metabolism and contribute to the development of diabetes. The team hopes to identify novel biomarkers and biochemical pathways specific to feline diabetes as a first step toward the discovery process for new diagnostics and therapies to help these patients. 

Study ID
D22FE-305
Study Status
Active
Start Date
01/01/2022
Grant amount awarded
$44,604
Grant recipient
University of Illinois
Study country
United States
Investigator
Arnon Gal, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVP
Study category
Gastroenterology (Liver, Stomach, Intestinal Tract)