Feline Ondoclastic Resorptive Lesions

 

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Feline Ondoclastic Resorptive Lesions
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As a veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Creed has a penchant for treating dogs and cats. Among other kinds of care, Dr. Jennifer Creed provides veterinary dentistry, drawing on specialized training, and routinely performs a number of different dental procedures, ranging from cleanings to extractions.

Veterinary dental surgery is a common need among cats with feline ondoclastic resorptive lesions (FORLs), also known as tooth resorption. The condition occurs as a result of the activation of odontoclast cells, which destroy the normal bone cells in the teeth and leave a hole, which resembles a red spot.

FORLs most often develop at the base of the tooth, where it touches the gum line. They are often difficult to see because the gum tissue begins to grow over the tooth as a protective measure.

Some lesions cause pain or reluctance to eat, thus prompting owners to seek medical attention. Others are asymptomatic and may make themselves known initially during a visual checkup, although lesions hidden by gum tissue may only become apparent if the cat is under anesthesia for routine dental care or treatment.

Extraction is the most common treatment for FORLs, as untreated lesions continue to grow and may become chronically painful. It may be possible for a veterinarian to save the tooth with a restorative procedure if the lesion is diagnosed early enough in its development. More advanced lesions may instead be treatable with a procedure known as a crown amputation, in which the veterinarian cuts away the portion of the tooth above the gum line and closes the wound over the resorbed root.

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Polycystic Kidney Disease in Cats

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Polycystic Kidney Disease
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An experienced veterinarian and the owner of a Ragdoll cattery, Dr. Jennifer Creed maintains a particular interest in feline medicine. Dr. Jennifer Creed has published articles on a number of conditions common in Ragdoll cats, including polycystic kidney disease.

Polycystic kidney disease is a congenital condition that causes small cysts to develop in the kidney tissue. They tend to grow in size and proliferate as the disease advances, often to the degree that they cause the kidney to swell and become palpable against the cat’s back. Internally, meanwhile, the growth of the cysts begins to overwhelm healthy tissue and cause kidney failure.

The cystic growths are present in kittenhood, although they often do not grow large enough to present a problem until the cat is 7 years of age or older. The symptoms, similar to those of other kidney diseases, can include increased thirst and urination, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and loss of energy. There is no treatment for the disease itself, although interventions such as fluid therapy and special diets may address the symptoms of kidney failure.

Dr. Jennifer Creed Featured in Voyage Chicago

 

Dr Jennifer Creed

Dr. Jennifer Creed leverages extensive experience to her role as a veterinarian with A Plus Petvet in the Chicago area. In addition, she is a Ragdoll cat breeder. Recently, the online publication Voyage Chicago featured Dr. Jennifer Creed in an interview that highlighted her career and background.

In the interview, Dr. Creed explained how she began breeding Ragdoll cats. An animal enthusiast since childhood, she was never able to keep a cat as a pet because her brother had severe asthma. However, after completing veterinary school she obtained her first Ragdoll cat. Within a few years, she had added several more of that breed to her household. Since Dr. Creed has always enjoyed taking care of babies of all kinds, her combination of veterinary experience and passion for cats made breeding Ragdolls a natural fit.

Dr. Creed believes she is the only veterinarian-breeder in the state of Illinois. Her unique professional expertise is particularly useful when she is working with Ragdoll kittens and their new owners. She is also familiar with and works with many, many breeders and rescue organizations in her veterinary practice In addition to offering new Ragdoll owners advice and guidance on how to best care for their cats, she draws upon her own experience to lecture at cat shows and consult with other breeders in the MIdwest.

FIP in Cats

 

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FIP in Cats
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Dr. Jennifer Creed, a veterinarian serving a Chicago-area animal boarding facility, underwent her professional training at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. An animal healthcare provider interested in purebred felines, Dr. Jennifer Creed has experience treating ragdoll cats, a breed susceptible to illnesses like feline infectious peritonitis (FIP).

A disease uncommon in indoor cats that live in one-cat residences, FIP is a very serious illness that inexorably leads to death. Unfortunately, veterinarian researchers have yet to discover a cure for the disease, though a controversial FIP vaccine has been developed.

However, most cats exposed to the virus that causes FIP do not go on to develop FIP, which is characterized by either “dry” symptoms like weight loss, jaundice, and neurological problems or “effusive” symptoms like fluid buildup in the abdomen. Cats with effusive FIP usually succumb much faster than those exhibiting the dry version.

The key risk factor for FIP centers on living conditions that bring many individual cats together in one space, where the cats become exposed to each other’s infected feces. Veterinarians have few options when treating patients with FIP, though in mild forms of the “dry” condition, treatment may prolong life.