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When Heidi Phillips, VMD, DACVS-SA, adopted a mixed-breed cat named “Sidney” in 1997 as a first-year veterinary student at the University of Pennsylvania, she was excited to have a feline companion.
The most common feline heart disease is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a condition causing the ventricular walls of the heart muscle to thicken, potentially resulting in congestive heart failure and sudden death. A recently published epidemiological study of feline HCM provides insights into better understanding this disease.
A rescued domestic shorthaired cat named “Lily” has helped prove the efficacy of a game-changing treatment for feline chronic gingivostomatitis (FCGS), or stomatitis for short. The lucky feline, adopted by Cyndi Luke of Davis, California, had been treated unsuccessfully for three years when she was recruited to take part in a stem-cell therapy trial testing a cutting-edge procedure for the painful oral condition.