Protecting foster kittens from infectious diarrhea with a new potential probiotic.
Principal Investigator: Jody Gookin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM; North Carolina State University;
Infectious diarrhea is a common cause of death in shelter kittens. This study will evaluate whether a probiotic containing specific protective bacteria will decrease the incidence of diarrhea and associated death in these kittens.
Understanding immunity to protect cats from distemper (panleukopenia).
Principal Investigators: Profs. Vanessa Barrs and Julia Beatty; University of Sydney, Australia;
Feline distemper or parvovirus (pankeukopenia) is an often-fatal disease with recent outbreaks. This study will evaluate the natural and vaccination resistance to this disease in shelter and owned cats to enable the design of more effective prevention strategies.
Evaluating feline coronavirus as a cause of upper respiratory disease in shelter cats.
Principal Investigators: Gary Whittaker, PhD and Elizabeth Berliner, DVM; Cornell University;
This study will assess the importance of feline coronavirus as a cause of upper respiratory disease in shelter cats, and the role it plays in the development of the fatal disease, feline infectious peritonitis (FIP.)