Common health issues
Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome
- Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome is characterized by behavioral changes such as biting at the tail, flank and lumbar areas as if the skin there is irritated. This behavior is usually accompanied by vocalization, running, jumping and apparent hallucinations. Self mutilation in the form of excessive licking and hair plucking also may occur.
Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)
- Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is a reaction to infection with feline coronavirus. This complicated disease has no reliable test or treatment and has a 100% mortality rate. Signs are vague and include fever, weight loss with decreased appetite, and a pot-bellied appearance. FIP has an increased incidence in Birmans.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- The retina is responsible for transmitting light to the brain where it is interpreted as an image. PRA causes deterioration of retinal cells and causes blindness. It can affect puppies as young as a few weeks old, or may appear later in life. There is no treatment or cure, but blind dogs usually can lead quite happy lives.
Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
- Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a condition where the heart walls become thickened, making it difficult for the heart to pump properly. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can lead to congestive heart failure, arrhythmias and blood clots. Symptoms include heart murmurs and coughing.
- Entropion describes the inward rolling of the eyelid, often causing the eyelashes to come into contact with the eyeball and cause irritation and often ulceration. Many affected dogs will require surgical correction and severe cases may require multiple surgeries.