Effect of aluminum pet food cans in cats with kidney disease

Purpose and Brief Explanation of Study:

Chronic kidney disease is common in cats. Aluminum has been linked to a number of side effects in people, but we do not know about its effects in cats.  We do not know what normal blood aluminum levels are in cats and whether they are similar to levels in people. New technology has made testing blood for aluminum possible with small blood samples.

Objective of the trial:

This study aims to determine blood aluminum levels in cats with chronic kidney disease. This study will also aim to determine blood aluminum levels in cats with chronic kidney disease to see if diet influences blood aluminum levels.

What qualifies my cat for enrollment in this in this trial?

To participate in this clinical trial your cat must:

  • Have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (Chemistry or renal panel simultaneously or within 1 week).

What does enrolling my cat in this clinical trial involve?

All cats will receive a CBC and on the day of enrollment, which the study will pay for, unless that test has been performed at the OSU Diagnostic Lab within the week and does not need to be repeated.  Additionally, a chemistry panel within one week is required for enrollment; the study will NOT pay for that test.  A blood sample will be drawn and placed in a special tube, and at the end of the study, the sample will be tested for aluminum levels.  Additionally, you will need to complete a diet history form that includes the details of what your cat has been eating over the past 3 months.

Client Contact

If you believe your pet may be eligible to enter this study, please click here to fill out a questionnaire. 

Dr. Cathy Langston Langston.35@osu.edu