Did you know that the Paw Project team includes more than 40 veterinarians from the United States and Canada? While these vets have a mission to promote animal welfare through the abolition of declaw surgery, a painful and crippling practice recently banned by VCA Canada, they are also passionate advocates for preventative care and proper diagnostic testing. One test, the Cardiopet proBNP, could save your cat’s life by detecting the risk for heart disease.
CATS AND HEART DISEASE
According to veterinary-practice.com, heart disease affects approximately 15% of the domestic cat population (Payne et al, 2015; Wagner et al, 2010; and Paige et al, 2009). However, most yearly exams and elder cat diagnostic panels do not include the easy and affordable blood test that measures your cat’s risk for congestive heart disease by detecting the presence the hormone NTproBNP, which is released into the blood when the heart muscle is stretched or experiences stress (See Heartvet.com for more information). The Cardiopet proBNP is estimated to cost around $30.
Cats of any age can develop heart disease and some breeds may have a genetic predisposition. If your cat is one of following breeds, testing for heart disease risk is especially important:
- American Shorthair
- Exotic Shorthair
- Maine Coon
We hope to bring you more helpful information from the Paw Project vets in the near future. For cat guardians in the Los Angeles area, stay tuned for future efforts to end declawing in California.
The Paw Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN: 59-3782436, CA Corp ID: 26040) supported by private donations. The tax-deductible contributions are used for costs of surgical care and supplies, educational programs, and anti-declawing efforts.