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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