Genetic Superiority – Mutts vs. Purebreds

Like many veterinarians, I have long believed mutts have fewer health problems than purebreds.  The common sense basis for that belief is that the genetic pool is larger and thus should lead to fewer issues of the type observed due to inbreeding.  Well, a new study by the University of California Davis suggests this may not be […]

Melanosis in Cats

    Melanosis is a condition found in the iris of cats.  Pigment containing cells called melanocytes proliferate causing black spots to appear.  They look like freckles.   If the melanocytes continue to grow, the form larger lesions called nevi.  If multiple nevi form, the condition is called melanosis.  If the disease does not progress any further, the […]