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.

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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.