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You should seek the advice of your veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.

Hereditary is a term used to describe a feature, characteristic or disorder which is passed on from one generation to another through the transfer of genetic material which carries the sequence of genes responsible for the trait. Sometimes hereditary traits can be carried by an individual but that individual may not show the trait themselves. This is often the case with sex-linked traits when the trait is only seen in one sex.


Last updated : October 2013