burmese breed information

common health issues

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.

Glaucoma is characterized by an elevation of pressure inside the eye. High pressure in the eye causes extreme discomfort and may lead to an enlarged, bulging eye and result in blindness. Treatment for glaucoma consists of life-long medical therapy, and often requires surgical removal of the affected eye. Long term prognosis for vision in the affected eye is poor.

A dermoid is a growth of skin tissue in an unusual place. In the case of ocular dermoids, this abnormal growth occurs on the cornea or conjunctiva of the eye. The growth appears as a patch of skin, which may or may not have hair, growing on the or around the eye. Surgical removal is curative.

Prolapsed gland of the third eyelid, or "Cherry Eye", is a condition in which the gland of the third eyelid slips out of place and becomes noticeable as a red mass in the corner of the eye. Correction of the condition requires surgery to replace the gland and tack it down to prevent recurrence.

A dermoid is a growth of skin tissue in an unusual place. In this case, the abnormal growth is found in the nasal passage, and like an ocular dermoid, may be haired skin. Surgical removal is recommended, as nasal dermoids often lead to upper respiratory infections or abscesses.

The cells of the body need sugar to function and need insulin to carry sugar in through their walls. Diabetic animals do not have enough insulin to transport sugar into the cells, resulting in high blood sugar and starving cells. Treatment entails the lifelong administration of insulin shots, and usually requires frequent trips to the vet for rechecks.

Most Burmese cats in the United States are descendants of one female cat named “Wong Mau”, who was brought from Burma to San Francisco in 1930. Famous for their yellow-gold eye color and satiny coats, Burmese cats are affectionate and form strong bonds with their owners. They retain their playful kitten habits throughout their lives and can often be found playing a game of fetch or lying in wait around a corner, ready to pounce on an unsuspecting owner.

Burmese cats enjoy longevity and tend to live longer than most breeds. They are “people” cats, and enjoy being lap cats as much as they do playing with the children of the house. Their sleek hair coat requires little maintenance.

Although long lived, Burmese are nonetheless prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Burmese are prone to include heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; metabolic diseases such as diabetes; eye problems such as cherry eye, ocular dermoids and glaucoma; and skin conditions such as nasal dermoids.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Burmese has the misfortune of inheriting his dad’s bad heart or his mom’s poor eyes, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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