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  2. Hi,

    How dominant is the gene for congenital heart defects in Siamese cats? I currently have a kitten with pleural effusion that can’t be more than an eigth Siamese at the most, but has the skeletal structure of the breed (one of her litter mates has the markings). She’s currently on Lanoxin but I’ve read that Chylothorax is common in Siamese cats, and that seems to be idiopathic.

    I’m wondering what the rate of ventricular disease is over chylothorax and the incident rate overall, as several of her litter mates have already been adopted and might express this gene.

    • Hi Terry, I am sorry but I can’t answer your question. It is difficult, almost impossible, to find answers to questions like yours. I am not even sure if there is an available answer! You might have tried Google Scholar, already. A search in Google scholar might throw up some useful information but you’ll have to buy the article if the abstract does not contain the information that you are looking for. Good luck in your search. I might do further work on this so might end up writing about it.

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