Principal investigators Ashley Wilkinson, assistant professor of internal medicine, and Giulio Menciotti, assistant professor of cardiology, in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences have been awarded a $31,297 grant from the EveryCat Health Foundation to evaluate if thrombelastography (TEG) can offer insight into the pathogenesis associated with thrombosis in feline patients with cardiomyopathy.

TEG measures the ability of whole blood to form a clot, and it can be used to detect and quantify changes of the viscoelastic properties of a blood sample. Cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are prone to forming blood clots, a serious and potentially life-threatening condition.