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W00-021: The Evaluation of the Passage of Tablets Through the Esophagus in Cats

Following tablet administration with water alleviated the tablet retention in the esophagus. Using fluoroscopy, this study will evaluate the ability of cats to successfully swallow tablets and compare dry passage with that of pills that are followed by water. If the researchers can document that tablets given without water do not successfully pass in feline patients, they will make recommendations to veterinarians and clients to administer water following all pilling. They believe this will lead to a decrease in the occurrence of tablet-induced esophagitis and esophageal strictures in cats.

Grant ID: W00-021

Status: Active

Year Funded: 2000

Amount awarded: $5,800

Investigator: David C. Twedt, DVM, PF Steyn, DVM; Colorado State University