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Correlation of anemia, iron status, and cobalamin in cats with gastrointestinal disease


Purpose and Brief Study Description:

This study aims to further explore concurrent illnesses, including anemia (low red blood cell count) and iron deficiency, in cats with chronic gastrointestinal disease.

Prior to entry in this study, your cat must have a confirmed diagnosis of gastrointestinal disease based on clinical signs. Tests to ensure his/her general health and assess current disease state (abdominal ultrasound, standard blood work and urine evaluations) will be performed prior to entry in the study.
If your cat takes part in the study, he/she will have blood drawn for measurement of iron levels, vitamin B levels, methylmalonic acid (MMA), and red blood cell measurements (CBC). We will also ask to you complete a survey about your cat’s clinical signs, as well as his/her current diet and other medications. No follow-up is required.

Inclusion criteria:

  • Diagnosis of chronic gastrointestinal disease based on physical examination, chronic GI signs (>/= 4 weeks vomiting, diarrhea, dysrexia, weight loss)
  • Abdominal ultrasound and thyroid testing (T4) performed prior to study inclusion

Exclusion criteria:

  • Disease processes that can result in secondary GI signs (uncontrolled hyperthyroidism, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, chronic kidney disease >/= IRIS stage 2) or other documented systemic disease (e.g. cardiac, respiratory)
  • Cobalamin supplementation, hematopoietic stimulant administration or blood transfusion within the previous month.


Client Compensation:

No direct compensation is provided and the owner is responsible for testing related to initial diagnosis.
The study will cover the cost of iron measurements, vitamin B measurements (GI panel), MMA, and complete blood cell count (CBC).


Contact Information:

Please contact Misty Bear, Clinical Trials Coordinator, for more information.

Phone: (785)532-3046; email: ClinicalTrials@vet.k-state.edu