Cats with corneal ulcers from herpes virus
Purpose of the Study
The study will evaluate a novel, intranasal, treatment for feline herpes
keratitis. Twenty cats are needed to complete the trial.
Patient Entry Criteria
Cats with acute or chronic non-traumatic corneal ulcers are being sought for
inclusion in the study. As some ulcers can be difficult to identify without
adequate magnification, cats with conjunctivitis that is non-responsive to
antibiotic therapy will also be considered as candidates for this study. Cats
treated with topical or oral steroids are excluded from the trial.
Eye examinations and the novel treatment will be paid for by the grant.
The cat must be presented to WSU for initial examination and if the cat
is accepted into the study, the cat must be reexamined 1 week and if needed,
2 weeks after treatment. The trial will be concluded after 2 weeks. Cats
that are examined and do not qualify for the trial will be offered
appropriate therapy at the owners expense. Owners may decline treatment for
cats not participating in the study.
Patients will be treated by Dr. Terri Schneider (Principal Investigator)
at the WSU Veterinary Teaching hospital. Appointments can be made by
calling the small animal hospital appointment desk at 509-335- 0711.
Patients are seen by the ophthalmology service on Thursdays and Fridays.