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.


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.

Where to Purchase Your Purebred Cat

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Purebred Cat
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Dr. Jennifer Creed is an experienced veterinarian who routinely takes courses and workshops to keep current of the advances in veterinary medicine. Working as a locum veterinarian at A Plus Petvet, Dr. Jennifer Creed regularly cares for all types of animals, including purebred felines.

Purebred felines are a specialty of Dr. Creed’s, as she works both in breeding and rescuing them, even going so far as to giving veterinary presentations at cat shows to increase the awareness of purebred needs and their specific health concerns. She also stresses the importance of purchasing or adopting cats from reputable breeders rather than other sources, such as craigslist.

Purebred and non-pedigreed cats alike can attain the same general diseases and health concerns such as upper respiratory disease, HCM (a heart disease), and FIP (feline infectious peritonitis). While experienced and reputable breeders actively work to keep their felines healthy, cats adopted from other sources oftentimes have poor health or multiple diseases. When this is the case, the veterinary bills needed to restore the cat’s health can easily outweigh the low initial purchase cost. In addition to providing healthy cats, quality breeders will also provide well-socialized cats that are easy to integrate into a family home, as well as invaluable assistance in caring for the new pet.

Veterinary Care for Cats: Life Stages

The recipient of a veterinarian degree from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Jennifer Woll now lives and works in the Chicago metro area, where she consults a local kennel known as DePAW University, Canine Campus, and runs her breeding business, Dr. Jennifer’s Ragdolls. At Dr. Jennifer’s Ragdolls, Dr. Jennifer Woll breeds the popular Ragdoll cats and sells them as far away as New York and New Jersey.

Cat owners of all breeds need to know and recognize that a cat or kitten’s health requirements will change over his or her lifetime. Generally, veterinarians break the lifespan of felines down into three main time periods. During kittenhood, which may last as much as a few years depending on the breed, the cat will need spaying and neutering; owners should also begin flea control during this stage and start vaccinations and intestinal parasite prevention.

In the adulthood years, the cat will need to maintain an active lifestyle and healthy eating patterns to prevent the early onset of late life-stage diseases. Owners will want to monitor changes in weight and modify vaccination schedules according to age and lifestyle. Veterinarians recommend about two physicals per year.

During the senior years, the cat will require at least two annual physicals and diligent daily lifestyle monitoring to help ensure longevity. For cats, the senior years begin around age 12.