Persian Cats and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy HCM

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common form of heart disease in cats that is characterized by the thickening of the heart muscle. It can result in congestive heart failure, thromboembolism (the blocking of a blood vessel by a particle that has broken away from a blood clot at its site of formation), and occasionally sudden cardiac death. Some of … Read More

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD1) and Persian Cats

Persian cats are one of the breeds known to suffer from PKD1 (polycystic kidney disease). PKD1 is an inherited disease primarily found in Persian cats, related breeds, and cats with Persian ancestry. Other forms of PKD1 occur in other animals and in humans. PKD1 was occasionally reported in scientific literature as early as 1967, but actual study into this disease … Read More

Ringworm Treatment For Persian Cats

© Pelaqita Persians Ringworm is NOT a worm, it is a fungus. Ringworm spores can travel great distances on air currents, and can be brought into your home on your clothing/shoes, and/or by your dogs and other pets; basically, ringworm spores are everywhere in the environment; outside as well as inside our homes. At some time or another, anyone who owns (or … Read More

Toxic Plants and Cats

© Pelaqita Persians A list of the most common toxic plants that are poisonous to cats. Please note that lilies (*), in particular, are dangerous to cats. If a cat ingests any part of a poisonius plant, immediately rush the cat to a veterianrian and take the plant for identification. Gardner’s Path has written an informative article about household plants. Click here … Read More

Traditional vs. Alternative Veterinary Care

So what exactly is the difference between traditional veterinary care and alternative veterinary care? There are many different ways that we, as veterinarians, can treat our patients and the real difference between traditional and alternative care is simply the approach used to treat a specific illness or ailment. I want to give you a brief overview of some of the … Read More

Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia

Tricuspid valve dysplasia (“TVD”) is rare in cats. That said, it is reported as the most common congenital heart disease seen in 17% of cats with congenital heart disease. The tricuspid valve is the valve that separates the top half of the right-side of the heart (the right atrium) from the bottom half (the right ventricle). This defect results in … Read More

Vaccines for Cats: We Need to Stop Over-Vaccinating

Please click here for more information about what vaccinations an indoor-only cat needs. This article has been reprinted in its entirety with permission of Dr. Pierson.  Please click on the links below to read more about the key issues associated with vaccines. Several important statements will be repeated in different sections in case the reader does not review the entire … Read More

Veterinary Specialists and Your Cat

Understanding there is a difference in veterinary medicine between a veterinarian (who completes an accredited veterinary program, four years college, and then four years of a DVM program) and a veterinary specialist (who completes additional schooling beyond the DVM program) can be key to your cat’s health. When a veterinarian graduates from veterinarian college, they (just like with human medicine) … Read More