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Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a highly contagious and potentially fatal infection that weakens a cat's immune system, making them susceptible to illness and secondary infections. Feline Leukemia is a very common disease. It is often called the "friendly cat" disease as it is commonly spread from cat to cat through casual contact, such as grooming or sharing food or water. Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) are among the most common infectious diseases in cats. FeLV is nothing to "meow" about! In a study of more than 18,000 cats, 2.3% of them were positive for FeLV.  While all cats are at risk, lifestyle, sex and vaccination status all play an important part in reducing exposure to this contagious disease. The following will increase your cat's risk of contracting FeLV: Not having been vaccinated against feline leukemia Spending time outside, unsupervised Exposure to a cat or kitten whose infection status is unknown Living in a multiple-cat household Not having been spayed or neutered Aggressive behavior toward other cats Symptoms of oral disease Past or present abscess wounds DIAGNOSIS Most veterinarians include a screen for feline leukemia as part of the routine tests a cat gets during their lifetime. The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) recommends testing cats for FeLV as follows: Cats should be tested at intervals based on their risk Cats entering a new household should be tested Cats exposed to an infected cat should be tested Cats with clinical signs should be tested Your veterinarian can run a simple test to see if your cat has been infected with FeLV. If the result is negative, they may recommend protecting your cat from FeLV by having them vaccinated. The AAFP recommends vaccinating all kittens (because their future lifestyle may change), cats that go outdoors, cats that have direct contact with cats of unknown status, and cats that live with FeLV positive cats. TREATMENT If your cat tests positive for FeLV, it is NOT a death sentence! Cats with FeLV can live until a ripe old age. Many infected senior cats pass as a result of problems not associated with their infection. The AAFP recommends the following for managing the healthy, FeLV positive cat: Careful monitoring of any weight loss Spaying or neutering intact cats Careful control of internal and external parasites Keeping infected cats indoors Twice-a-year visits to your veterinarian Pay close attention to lymph nodes and changes in the mouth Discussion with your veterinarian about vaccinations Yearly blood tests that may include: Chemistry tests to evaluate kidney, liver and pancreatic function, as well as sugar levels, a complete blood count (CBC) to rule out blood-related conditions, electrolyte tests to ensure your cat isn't dehydrated or suffering from an electrolyte imbalance and cardiac tests to rule out heart related issues.  Make sure your cat is tested for FeLV, that you limit their exposure to other cats you don't know, and talk to your veterinarian about whether or not your cat should be vaccinated against FeLV.  If you have any questions, please contact one of our veterinarians.

Feline Leukemia Treatment For Cats

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Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a highly contagious and potentially fatal infection that weakens a cat's immune system, making them susceptible to illness and secondary infections. Feline Leukemia is a very common disease. It is often called the "friendly cat" disease as it is commonly spread from cat to cat through casual contact, such as grooming or sharing food or water. Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) are among the most common infectious diseases in cats. FeLV is nothing to "meow" about! In a study of more than 18,000 cats, 2.3% of them were positive for FeLV.  While all cats are at risk, lifestyle, sex and vaccination status all play an important part in reducing exposure to this contagious disease. The following will increase your cat's risk of contracting FeLV: Not having been vaccinated against feline leukemia Spending time outside, unsupervised Exposure to a cat or kitten whose infection status is unknown Living in a multiple-cat household Not having been spayed or neutered Aggressive behavior toward other cats Symptoms of oral disease Past or present abscess wounds DIAGNOSIS Most veterinarians include a screen for feline leukemia as part of the routine tests a cat gets during their lifetime. The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) recommends testing cats for FeLV as follows: Cats should be tested at intervals based on their risk Cats entering a new household should be tested Cats exposed to an infected cat should be tested Cats with clinical signs should be tested Your veterinarian can run a simple test to see if your cat has been infected with FeLV. If the result is negative, they may recommend protecting your cat from FeLV by having them vaccinated. The AAFP recommends vaccinating all kittens (because their future lifestyle may change), cats that go outdoors, cats that have direct contact with cats of unknown status, and cats that live with FeLV positive cats. TREATMENT If your cat tests positive for FeLV, it is NOT a death sentence! Cats with FeLV can live until a ripe old age. Many infected senior cats pass as a result of problems not associated with their infection. The AAFP recommends the following for managing the healthy, FeLV positive cat: Careful monitoring of any weight loss Spaying or neutering intact cats Careful control of internal and external parasites Keeping infected cats indoors Twice-a-year visits to your veterinarian Pay close attention to lymph nodes and changes in the mouth Discussion with your veterinarian about vaccinations Yearly blood tests that may include: Chemistry tests to evaluate kidney, liver and pancreatic function, as well as sugar levels, a complete blood count (CBC) to rule out blood-related conditions, electrolyte tests to ensure your cat isn't dehydrated or suffering from an electrolyte imbalance and cardiac tests to rule out heart related issues.  Make sure your cat is tested for FeLV, that you limit their exposure to other cats you don't know, and talk to your veterinarian about whether or not your cat should be vaccinated against FeLV.  If you have any questions, please contact one of our veterinarians.
Veterinary Healthcare Complex 4318 E Army Post Rd   Des Moines, IA 50320
Main Hospital - 515-262-6111 Cat Hospital - 515-262-9222 For Pet Resort | Grooming | Doggie  Daycare Phone 515-262-7297 Toll Free - 800-339-4873