Analyzing feline sepsis: why are cats not small dogs?

Robert Goggs, BVSc, PhD | Marjorie Brooks, DVM | Dan Fletcher, DVM, PhD | Bruce Kornreich, DVM, PhD | Jo-Annie Letendre, DVM

Sepsis is a condition in which the body’s immune response to an infection results in tissue damage, organ failure, and commonly death. Recognition of sepsis in cats is challenging, and delayed therapy in cats presenting with this condition can make the difference between life and death.

The goal of this study is to identify markers of feline sepsis, using samples obtained from clinical cases at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals. Identification of these markers helps improve our ability to diagnose sepsis in cats, thereby facilitating more rapid initiation of therapy and promoting improved survival in cats affected by this potentially life-threatening condition.