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Companion Animal Practice
Juvenile nephropathies in dogs and cats
  1. Allison Gleadhill

    Allison Gleadhill graduated from Cambridge in 1986. She spent two years as houseman in small animal medicine at Langford, Bristol, followed by a spell in small animal practice, during which she gained the certificate in dermatology. She completed a PhD, on measuring renal function, at the RVC in 1996 and is currently in small animal practice in Harrogate.


RENAL failure, although generally thought to be a condition associated with old age, can be seen at any age and is not uncommon in dogs under five years old. Juvenile nephropathies have been reported in many breeds of dogs; however, there are few instances where a genetic basis has been conclusively demonstrated. In cats, juvenile nephropathies are much rarer - as are most inherited problems - as the vast majority of cats are bred from totally unrelated parents. Some renal diseases have been shown to have a familial basis in dogs and cats, and familial renal diseases are well recognised in people.

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