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Ragdoll Health - Recommended Study

Important information that owners need to know
in order to provide the best possible care for the Ragdoll cat.

Please take charge of the medical care your Ragdoll receives;
a life may depend on it.

Microchip Risks
The corporations that market these products know the risks, but have hidden them from the public.

 American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association
Search for a licensed veterinarian that practices holistic medicine in your area.

Animal Doctor
Washington Post Column - Dr Michael Fox, author of many books on animal care, welfare and rights, is a veterinarian with doctoral degrees in medicine and animal behavior.

Are We Vaccinating Too Much?
Carin Smith, D.V.M. discusses the latest thoughts on annual vaccination. Are we helping or hurting our pets?

Rabies Vaccination: If the law requires vaccination in your state, Merial Purevax, a non-adjuvant rabies product, is the only vaccine that owners should allow to be given to their Ragdoll cat.  At this time it is recommended to be given yearly, but many experts agree that Purevax given annually is safer than an adjuvanted rabies vaccine given every three years.
It has been brought to my attention that many cats of all breeds, including domestics, have developed uveitis, a serious and painful inflammation of the eye, recognized by redness, light sensitivity, cloudy eye and discoloration of the iris.  One or both eyes can be affected and symptoms have appeared
within a week to one month after receiving a rabies vaccination containing adjuvant. Please stand up for your precious pet before you allow vaccination and be sure to report a reaction should your cat have one. If your veterinarian fails to recognize this issue, please file the report yourself. It is highly probable that the majority of vaccine reactions are not reported.

“Rabies is the vaccine most associated with adverse reactions because it’s so potent,” says renowned veterinarian Dr. Jean Dodds. “We have a lot of bad reactions, including fatal ones. They usually occur within two to three weeks after vaccination, although they can appear up to 45 days later. Because the rabies vaccine is a neurogenic protein, meaning it affects the nervous system, what you will often see is seizures or seizure-like disorders like stumbling, ataxia, dementia, and some demyelination, where the animals become wobbly and don’t have proper motor skills. You can also have an autoimmune-like destruction of tissues, skin, blood, joints, the liver or kidneys.” Dr. Dodds adds that animals already ill with immune-related diseases such as cancer can be even more negatively affected. “Often, this is the last thing that causes the animal’s demise.” (click here for full article)

Articles by Allen M. Schoen, D.V.M., M.S.
A series of interesting and informative articles dealing with an integrative approach to the treating of common aliments. Dr. Schoen is an advocate of complementary and alternative veterinary medicine.

Is Your Cat Too Fat?
"Pets are not as healthy when they are carrying too much weight. Chubby kitties often suffer from arthritis, heart disease and liver problems. If you are concerned that your pet is overweight, here are some ways you can evaluate your pet's body condition."

Secondhand smoke poses risks for every member of the family, cats included. Research suggests that living with one smoker in the house doubles a kitty's risk of feline lymphoma, the most common cancer in cats, which kills 75% of its victims within a year of diagnosis. The risk triples when exposure to secondhand smoke occurs for 5 or more years, and quadruples with two smokers in the house.

Cats get a double whammy from secondhand smoke because they inhale the carcinogens AND they ingest them when grooming. Protect your cat's health by making the inside of your home a smoke-free zone.

If you have ever considered declawing, PLEASE explore this page.

Learn about home-made and commercial diets. Run by veterinary nutritionists who also offer a consultation service to formulate diets for specific needs.

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

Feline Infectious Anemia (Haemobartonellosis)

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

Feline Leukemia (FeLv)

Upper Respiratory Infections

Food: Information every pet owner should know about pet food
Horrors of Pet Food Revealed
Pentobarbital Is Killing Eagles but FDA Says it's Safe for Pets?
A Trip Down the Pet Food Aisle Reveals Harmful Food Additives

Holiday & Safety:
10 Steps for a Cat Safe Holiday Tree
Think Twice Before Giving Pets As Holiday Gifts
Holiday Stress...Does it Affect Your Cat Too?

Litter Box Issues:
A Practical Approach To Feline House Soiling
by Susan Little, D.V.M., Diplomat ABVD..Feline Practice

The most serious effect of plant poisoning to pets is cardiac. When symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea occur, it may already be too late to save your....

Poisons In Your Home:  A great site to raise awareness of the most common toxins in the home which make a pet seriously ill or kill.

An information resource, run by respected veterinarians, to help you keep your pet on the path to lifelong health and well-being.




Villaroyal Breeds Ragdoll Cats and Kittens in the following
Patterns and Colors:

(click the links to view photographs of each)

Colorpoint      Bicolor
 Pointed Colors
Seal    Flame     Tortie
Blue    Cream
Lynx (Tabby) Point
Blue-Eyed White


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