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MT16-007: The effects of oral anti-inflammatory steroids on fluid balance in clinically healthy cats

Many veterinarians are hesitant to give steroids to cats with heart disease because of rare reports that steroids may cause heart failure. Prior research has shown that cats given either high-dose or long-acting injectable steroids can develop high blood sugar, which can draw fluid into the blood vessels and place stress on the heart. This study aims to discover whether cats show similar changes when given a standard dose of the most common steroid used in feline practice: oral prednisolone.

Grant ID: MT16-007

Status: Active

Year Funded: 2016

Amount awarded: $24,975

Investigator: Jessica Ward, DVM, DACVIM; Iowa State University