December 2012 Issue

In The News: A Search to Detect Early Kidney Disease

Cats receiving treatment for hyperthyroidism, the overproduction of thyroid hormone, can develop decreased kidney function. However, today’s methods of predicting which cats will experience post-treatment kidney problems are cumbersome and impractical, the Morris Animal Foundation says. The foundation is sponsoring a study to test whether measuring a protein called TGF-beta in cat urine can reliably predict those at risk.

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