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  1. Are there any tear duct problems that Siamese are prone to? We’re not sure if ours is a purebred, although he looks as if he could be. We’ve had him for about 18 months and have taken him back to the vet numerous times for greenish discharge, especially from the left eye. He’s had a lacrymal flush done to the left tear duct, but it only stopped the problem for about 3 weeks before it started up again, this time in both eyes. A test was done where little strips of tissue between the lower eyelid and cornea, and apparently he doesn’t make enough tears, so we’re seeing a veterinary ophthalmologist in a few weeks. Any ideas?

    • Hi Rhoda, this is the list of genetic diseases in Siamese:

      Asthma
      Mast cell tumors
      Cutaneous asthenia
      Esophageal hypomotility
      Cutaneous mastocytomas
      Hypotrichosis
      Glaucoma,
      Cervical neck lesions
      Hip dysplasia
      Feline hyperesthesia syndrome
      Feline endocrine alopecia
      Adenocarcinomas of the small intestine
      Mucopolysaccharidosis
      Gangliosidosis
      Malignant mammary tumors
      Numerous congenital heart defects (PDA, aortic stenosis, AV valve Malformation, pyloric stenosis, etc)
      Primary endocardial fibroelastosis
      Strabismus
      Nystagmus
      Sphingomyelinosis
      Hydrocephalus
      Chronic Degenerative Keratitis
      Seems predisposed to feline oral resorptive lesions (lesions on the teeth).
      Squint
      Hepatic Amyloidosis
      Congenital heart defects

      This list comes from this page:

      http://cat-chitchat.pictures-of-cats.org/2008/09/genetic-diseases-in-purebred-cats.html

      In addition there is a page on Siamese cat health:

      https://pictures-of-cats.org/siamese-cat-health-problems.html

      Of all the inherited diseases this cat breed has (and there are lots) I have not heard of Siamese being prone to tear duct problems. I wonder if this is a tear duct problem, though. Could this be a URI – a bacterial infection or sinusitis (also a bacterial infection of the sinuses). The discharge indicates bacteria to me but I am not a trained medic. This is a wild guess. Siamese cats can have depressed immune systems leading to chronic conditions. Good luck Rhoda.

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