Measurement of platelet function in cats
of the Multiplate impedance aggregometer for use in cats."
Purpose of Study
The purpose of this study is to validate a technology used to measure
platelet function. Platelets are a component of blood that is essential
for forming (necessary) blood clots. This technology is currently
used for humans, dogs, sheep and rats, but has not yet been used for
cats. Our study will provide valuable information to help
establish an easier method for measuring platelet function in cats.
This will enable veterinarians to more easily identify platelet
disorders and enhance medications used to inhibit platelets.
Enrolled cats will receive a free cardiovascular examination,
including an echocardiogram, from a board certified veterinary
cardiologist. The study will cover the costs of the blood draw,
echocardiogram and associated analysis.
Cats who qualify for this study must be healthy with no history of
medical problems and between 1 and 10 years of age. They will
spend three hours at the WSU-VTH for a physical examination,
echocardiogram and a blood draw.
Once enrolled, your cat will receive a physical exam and an
echocardiogram to make sure they qualify for the study. After the
physical exam, 12 ml of blood (a little over two teaspoons) will be
Owners are responsible for bringing their cat to the WSU-VTH on the
arranged day of the exam and blood draw.
For more information please contact Valorie Wiss, Clinical Studies
(Office: 509-335-0798, Cell: 509-432-5345 or