The Heart, Blood & Circulatory System

Articles about problems of the heart, blood and circulatory system of the cat...

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  • Checking for HCM
    The best way to check your cat for the heart problem called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (or HCM) is by having an Ultrasound performed. This painless test is performed by a specially trained vet - an ultrasonagrapher.
    October 2002

  • DNA Test for HCM in Maine Coons
    The DNA test for the HCM gene in Maine Coons is now available - Good News for all breeds!
    January 2006

  • DNA Tests For The HCM Mutation In Cats
    Cat breeders can be confused about the subject of DNA testing for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). As of February 2014, two different DNA tests for HCM in cats one for Maine Coons and one for Ragdolls. Neither test can be used to detect genetic HCM in other breeds. Learn more . . .
    February 2014

  • * Feline Cardiomyopathy
    When diagnosed and treated early, there are many successful options for cats with heart disease. Learn the symptoms and treatments available.
    January 2002

  • * Feline Panleukopenia
    Panleukopenia, often called feline distemper, is a highly contagious disease caused by a parvovirus (FPV) that is closely related to canine parvovirus in dogs. This article details everything you need to know about this potentially lethal infection.
    February 2016

  • FeLV: The Forgotten Killer
    As we swap kittens and breedings, we often worry about ringworm, intestinal parasites, and upper respiratory viruses. But how often do we remember the silent, but oh so deadly, Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)?
    February 2011

  • * HCM And The Cat Breeder
    is important for every cat breeder to understand the impact that the heart disease HCM (Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) can have on their breeding program. This article explains the simple steps you can take to reduce the risk of HCM in your cats . . .
    February 2014

  • * Heart Murmur In A Kitten
    A heart murmur occurs when there is turbulence in the normal flow of blood through the chambers of the heart or in the large vessels exiting the heart. The significance of a heart murmur varies greatly.A young kitten with a heart murmur may outgrow it. When an older cat develops a heart murmur, it can be a much more serious condition.
    February 2014

  • * Hemobartonella, or Feline Infectious Anemia
    Hemobartonella is an infectious cat disease which attacks the red blood cells causing your cat to become anemic, hence its other name, Feline Infectious Anemia.
    May 2002

  • * Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)
    Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common form of heart disease in cats and is characterised by an increase in the thickness of the muscular wall of the heart, especially the left ventricle . . .
    February 2014

  • * Normal Ranges For Bloodwork & Urine In The Cat
    This article contains a handy chart showing the various tests, units of measurement and normal ranges that appear in the report when your veterinarian runs a complete blood panel or urine test on your cat.
    May 2016

  • * PK Deficiency In Cats
    Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency, also known as PK Deficiency or PK Def, is a genetic disease that causes anemia in an affected cat. PK Deficiency is caused by a mutated gene that is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait. Recent studies have revealed that in some breeds of cats up to 30% of the population has the PK Def gene.
    June 2014

  • * Testing Your Cat For HCM
    There are two methods to determine if a cat has Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) or may be predisposed to developing HCM . . .
    February 2014

  • * Understanding Bloodwork
    Bloodwork is often the first step in patient evaluation after a physical exam of your cat. It is very helpful if you understand what your cat`s bloodwork may reveal.
    April 2004

 


 

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