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Genetics: Sphynx Cat Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Study

We are very interested in studying Sphynx hypertrophic cardiomyopathy to try to identify a genetic mutation for this disease. We are currently looking for more DNA samples from Sphynx cats. At this time we need more samples from the following:

  • Sphynx cats who DO NOT have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy who are at least 8 years of age
  • Sphynx cats who DO have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Please complete this form and return along with the sample and required cardiologist report and pedigree to:

NCSU-College of Veterinary Medicine
Attn: Veterinary Cardiac Genetics Laboratory
Research Bldg. 228
1060 William Moore Dr
Raleigh, NC 27607

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 Free Webinar

Dr. Kate Meurs of the Veterinary Cardiac Genetics Lab at North Carolina State University presents a FREE webinar on Sphynx Cat Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy originally presented Nov 16, 2010. The content is targeted to the cat owner/breeder but anyone is welcome to view the session.

Sample collection

Please ask your veterinarian or a veterinary technician to pull a blood sample into an EDTA tube. Most veterinary hospitals have these readily available.

  • Blood drawn into a Standard EDTA Tube does not need to be refrigerated.
  • Blood draw volume should be 1 to 2 ml, if possible.
  • Please label tube well, with cat’s call name and family last name and send the samples to our lab via the address above.

Blood drawn does not need to be mailed back with ice packs or be shipped overnight. However, if possible please try to send the sample within a few days by standard mail. Until the blood can be mailed, it is a good idea to refrigerate it (i.e., if the blood was drawn late Saturday and cannot be mailed until Monday, it’s a good idea to refrigerate it between Saturday and Monday).

Questions?

Contact

Kathryn Meurs, DVM, PhD Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology)

Professor, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Contact:

kmmeurs@ncsu.edu