What Diseases are Prevalent in Ragdoll Cats?

 

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Ragdoll Cats
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A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Jennifer Creed has built a successful career as a veterinarian through her work at A Plus Petvet and the Depaw University Canine Campus. Currently a locum veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Creed specializes in the care of Ragdoll cats, a breed prone to developing several medical conditions.

Like all pure cat breeds, Ragdolls inherit certain genetic health issues from their parents. Polycystic kidney disease is one such hereditary condition which may present itself. The disease can manifest in utero or as late as adulthood. In all cases, however, Ragdolls will develop cysts that can become harmful to kidney function as they become larger. Frequent monitoring from a veterinarian can help watch for the progression of this disease.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is another condition that is prevalent among Ragdolls. Those with this disease develop thick heart muscles, which can prevent blood from circulating properly and can lead to blood clots. HCM arises from a genetic mutation for which researchers have created a genetic test. This allows Ragdoll breeders to omit cats that possess the mutation from their breeding lines.

Ragdolls are also known to develop gum disease, such as periodontitis, particularly if their owners do not clean their teeth on a regular basis. Symptoms include loss of teeth and foul-smelling breath.

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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.

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.

Feline Renal Health

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Feline Renal Health
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Dr. Jennifer Creed, a veterinarian for DePaw University Canine Campus who also focuses on the breeding and care of ragdoll cats, graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Among conditions common to ragdolls, Dr. Jennifer Creed has experience addressing polycystic kidney diseases.

A genetic condition common to feline breeds like ragdolls and Persians, polycystic kidney disease causes numerous cysts to develop within the kidneys. These cysts expand until they interrupt kidney function, which is vital to the maintenance of life.

Unfortunately, veterinarian researchers have yet to discover a cure for the illness, though animal healthcare providers can prescribe therapies to address symptoms, especially those manifesting in the earlier stages of the disease. These symptoms include malaise, disinterest in food, and frequent urination.

Felines with polycystic kidney disease may not exhibit obvious symptoms until renal failure begins. However, even after the onset of chronic kidney problems, felines can live with the disease for anywhere from a few weeks to a few years, depending on disease progression and treatment efficacy.