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June 4 2020

HCM is Devastating to Cats and People Who Love Them

In this webinar with Dr. Chris Menges, chief science officer at Basepaws, we talk about what is by far the most common heart disease in cats and one of the most common causes of death, feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). I begin by talking about a cat name Ricky and how it came to be that…

May 25 2020

Latest on Pets and COVID-19; Raising Money to Learn About Heart Disease in Cats on WGN Radio

Dr. Dana Varble, chief veterinary officer of North American Veterinary Community, has been updating her colleagues regarding COVID-19 and pets, on Steve Dale’s Pet World HERE on WGN radio she updates all of you. She answers the big questions: Do pets get COVID-19? Can they give COVID-19 to one another? Can they give COVID-19 to us?…

May 5 2020

Why Cat Lovers Should LOVE the Winn Feline Foundation

If you have a cat – give the Winn Feline Foundation a thank you card. Or better yet, take advantage of the fact that today, May 7, is Giving Tuesday. If you love cats, truly consider that nearly all we know about cat health, physical and even mental well-being, was once funded by the Winn…

December 4 2019

Giving Tuesday: Winn Feline Foundation Ricky Fund

If you have a cat – thank the Winn Feline Foundation. Nearly all we know about cat health, physical and even mental well-being, was once funded by the Winn Feline Foundation. Back in 2002 our then famous piano playing cat, named Ricky, died of feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). This heart disease, which is often (though…
Steve Dale on National Cat Day

October 29 2018

National Cat Day: Celebrate with a Regular Veterinary Exam

Felines first! Today (October 29) is National Cat Day! Of course, according to our 16-year old cat, Roxy – everyday is National Cat Day. Roxy no longer bounds across the house at full speed or herds our dogs; instead she’s settled nicely in retirement. If she so desires, she snuggles with us at night. If…

August 16 2018

Dr. Philip Fox Earns AVMA/Winn Feline Foundation Excellence in Feline Research Award

Veterinary cardiologist Dr. Philip Fox, head of cardiology and director of the Caspary Research Institute and Education Outreach at the Animal Medical Center in New York City is this year’s recipient of the AMVA/Winn Feline Foundation Excellence in Feline Research Award. Dr. Fox received the award at the NIH Young Scholars Symposium held at Texas A&M in…

July 26 2018

America's Got Cat Talent

America’s Got Cat Talent ought to be the re-named show. It’s a program I want to host because for years I’ve said you can teach cats pretty much anything you can teach a dog to do, but the cats may do it better. I thought it was way cool back when I trained my cat…

July 20 2018

Cats with Heart Disease Can Have a Stroke-Like Event, Study Funded by Winn Feline

This is from the Winn Feline Foundation, funding a study on one of the affects of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in cats. HCM may be the most common cause of death in adult indoor cats, from about two years to 10-years (when cancers and kidney disease begin to take over). We do know that HCM is…

June 9 2018

Help Support the Ricky Fund to Fund a Treatment for Heart Disease in Cats

I don’t know the number of cat health studies that the Winn Feline Foundation Ricky Fund has supported over the years, but certainly since 2002 there have been many. Below is a review of a recent prevalence study led by Dr. Philip Fox, veterinary cardiologist at Animal Medical Center in NY to assess risk of…

February 5 2018

Winn Feline Foundation: Affecting Every Cat Every Day

Nearly all that’s known about cat health has been discovered thanks to research funded by a nonprofit called the Winn Feline Foundation, which is now celebrating 50 years of funding cat health studies. As one example, if your cat eats, thank the Winn Feline Foundation. Back in the late 1970’s, dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), a kind of…

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