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.

American Veterinary Medical Association Hosts Annual Conference

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American Veterinary Medical Association
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With more than 15 years of experience working in emergency veterinary medicine, Dr. Jennifer Creed most recently worked at Emergency Veterinary Services in Lisle, Illinois. Since 1993, Dr. Jennifer Creed has maintained membership with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Established in 1863, the AVMA is a nonprofit organization that represents more than 88,000 veterinarians. It advocates for its members and seeks to improve the practice of veterinary medicine. The AVMA also serves as the accrediting body for more than 45 veterinary colleges.

One of the ways the AVMA is able to reach out to its members is through its annual convention. This year’s conference was held on August 5 – 9, 2016, in San Antonio, Texas. The annual convention features a variety of exhibitors, all showcasing their products, equipment, and services for those interested in veterinary medicine and care. In addition, the convention typically offers hands-on labs, lectures, and interactive sessions, so members can learn first-hand about trends in the industry. Attendees also have an opportunity to fulfill continuing education (CE) requirements and network with others. The 2017 convention is scheduled for July 21 – 25 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Signs to Observe in Ragdoll Cats for Urgent Care

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Ragdoll Cats
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Dr. Jennifer Creed has more than 15 years of emergency veterinary medicine experience and more than five years of general practice experience. She most recently worked at Emergency Veterinary Services in Lisle, Illinois. Involved with the treatment and rescue of purebred cats, Dr. Jennifer Creed is especially attuned to the needs of ragdoll cats.

Typically a bigger cat with males reaching 20 pounds and females around 10 to 15 pounds, ragdolls are affectionate cats who tend to get along with people, including kids, and dogs. These cats reach full size when they turn four years old. Their striking blue eyes make them stand out, and they have a semi-longhaired coat that comes in six colors and four patterns.

According to the Aubrey Animal Medical Center, there are some signs ragdoll cat owners should pay attention to when caring for their pet. If the cat shows any of the following signs, the pet owner should take seek immediate medical care.

* Cloudiness or redness in the eyes

* Excessive scratching or shaking the head or ears

* Sudden hind leg weakness or paralysis

* Weakness or rapid breathing

* Inability to urinate or discolored urine