AVMA Convention 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana

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American Veterinary Medical Association
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An experienced veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Creed also breeds and rescues Ragdoll cats. She is often invited to speak at cat shows to share her expertise on purebred felines. Dr. Jennifer Creed is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Founded in 1863, the nonprofit AVMA represents more than 89,000 veterinarian members, serving as the united voice for the profession. The AVMA Convention 2017 takes place July 21-25 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. The convention caters to veterinarians of all interests, featuring lectures delivered by acknowledge experts, responsive sessions, hands-on laboratories, and the opportunity to network with fellow practitioners.

With over 700 education sessions arranged in nine content tracks, attendees can earn more than 40 CE hours. The exhibit hall features the latest products in the field. A “live” veterinary clinic will allow participants to experience how these cutting-edge products work in an actual clinical setting and help veterinarians decide if the products are appropriate for their practices.

The keynote speaker is professor and National Geographic explorer Paul Sereno. His talk will include topics on paleontology, ancient DNA, and the latest developments in genetics.

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PKD Explained

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PKD
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A skilled veterinarian, Veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Creed treating small animals in different situations, from routine checkups to emergencies. Dr. Jennifer Creed takes a special interest in purebred cats particularly Ragdolls, and is very familiar with diagnosing and treating diseases that affects this breed.

One particular ailment that mainly affects Persian cats and Ragdolls is polycystic kidney disease (PKD), a genetically transmitted disorder that results in liquid-filled sacs (cysts) to develop inside a feline’s kidney. Over time the cysts grow and/or increase in number affecting the kidney’s function, and can cause renal failure and death.

There is no cure for PKD, although through medication, fluid therapy, and diet, the kidney’s function can be prolonged. As the cysts start out small, they are not easily detected until they grow, and by that time, the cat may be already seven to eight years old, although there are instances the disease progresses at a much faster rate. Symptoms include increased urination, loss of appetite, and increased drinking.

One common method for detecting this disease is genetic testing of breeds that are known for the disorder. Ultrasound may also be used, especially in older cats. Those identified with PKD should not be allowed to breed, in order to prevent the spread of the disease.

An Overview of Feline Infectious Peritonitis

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Feline Infectious Peritonitis
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A veterinarian well versed in the treatment of ragdoll felines, Dr. Jennifer Creed delivers quality animal care through DePaw University’s Canine Campus. Among the many conditions with which Dr. Jennifer Creed is familiar, feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) ranks among the most deadly to the cat population.

FIP is a fairly rare disease caused by exposure to the feline coronavirus. In most cases, when cats initially become infected by this virus, they present no obvious symptoms. However, on account of a viral mutation or an atypical immune response, up to a 10th of cats infected with the feline coronavirus develop clinical FIP.

During the course of FIP, the virus invades feline white blood cells, infecting them and using them as a means to spread the condition to the rest of the body. This attack on the body results in severe inflammation of such vital organ systems as the brain and kidneys.

Once symptoms become apparent, cats may first experience depression, weight loss, and other generalized problems. Within only a few weeks, however, FIP escalates into a serious health crisis characterized by either “wet” symptoms like fluid buildup in the abdomen or “dry” symptoms like vomiting, liver failure, and neurological problems. In the vast majority of cases, FIP results in the death of the feline patient.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in Ragdolls and Other Purebred Cats

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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
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In her practice, veterinarian and feline health expert Dr. Jennifer Creed focuses heavily on Ragdoll cats and other purebred species. Dr. Jennifer Creed commonly treats feline heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most prevalent type of heart disease in cats. It is particularly common in Ragdoll cats, as this breed has a 30 percent chance of carrying a genetic mutation that encourages the condition.

The disease causes the muscle walls of the heart to thicken. This prevents the heart from pumping correctly, and it can lead to progressively worsening complications over time. Common problems include blood clots and respiratory concerns.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy as yet. With regular veterinary care, cats with the disease can be diagnosed and treated in a variety of ways. Veterinarians often use echocardiograms to evaluate the condition of a cat’s heart, and they can prescribe various drugs to prevent heart failure and mitigate other symptoms.