June 2010 Issue

Understand Feline Lymphatic Disease

Itís an unforgiving, incurable disease that especially targets cats with FeLV and FIV. Hereís what you should know.

The feline lymphatic system influences every aspect of a catís physical health According to Margaret McEntee, DVM, a professor of oncology at Cornell Universityís College of Veterinary Medicine, owners should be able to recognize the signs that could indicate feline lymphoma, a potentially deadly cancer of the lymphatic system that can affect many areas of a catís body, including its liver, gastrointestinal system spleen and skin. Lymphoma is the most frequently observed of all feline cancers, explains Dr. McEntee ó even more common than mammary cancer. At the Cornell University Hospital for Animals (CUHA), she notes, "We see about 40 cats or so each year that have this disease, and the incidence may be even higher than that at other veterinary clinics."

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