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Owners are willing to go to great lengths to make sure their pets live as comfortably as possible!

Take Richard and Tracy Mills of England. They allowed the brilliant docs at the Queen Mother's hospital for animals in Hertfordshire to perform a procedure on their cat, Harry, that's only been done a few times…

A few times in the entire world!

But procedures like this could help doctors who practice on humans as well.

Harry had a tumor in his pituitary gland that caused him to grow to tremendous in size and forcibly give him uncontrolled diabetes.

This disease is rare in humans but extremely prevalent in cats and the theory that veterinary and human medicine are linked creeps into the picture as well.

Stijn Niessen, lecturer in internal medicine at Royal Veterinary College of QMHA, says the following:

What's fascinating is that this disease is quite rare in humans, but quite prevalent in cats. And we still don't know what causes these tumours.

Are there genetic factors? So these tumour cells will be cultured, and researchers will try to find out what's gone wrong with the gland. This operation could change the way we deal with this disease in people.

Around 80% of diabetic cats have Type 2 diabetes – the condition that's costing the NHS £1m an hour. There are similarities between inflammatory bowel diseases in dogs and Crohn's disease, and between Cushing's disease and hyperthyroidism in cats. Cancers: lymphoma, leukemia.

I could name you 100 diseases humans and animals share and the list would not be complete.

Amazing! But Niessen is not alone in his theories, as the scientific community as a whole is considering a link between and vet and human medicine.

Scientists in America are studying the dog genome to understand the human genome while Finnish researchers are correlating compulsive behavior in pets to compulsive behavior in humans.

Can modern medicine get a doggie twist soon?! We'll find out soon enough!

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