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Vet Ther. 2006 Winter;7(4):333-46.

Effects of sodium chloride on selected parameters in cats.

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Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, C247 Veterinary Teaching Hospital, College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-4544, USA.


This study used 36 cats with varying renal insufficiency and physiologic status to evaluate the effect of a food high in sodium chloride (HSC) compared with a low sodium chloride (LSC) food on selected blood parameters and blood pressure. Cats eating the HSC food had an increase in serum creatinine, urea nitrogen, and phosphorus compared with cats eating the LSC food. Also, cats eating the HSC food had increased fractional excretion of calcium and increased fractional shortening during cardiac contraction. There was no effect of food on systolic, diastolic, or mean arterial pressure.

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