Feline Leukemia Virus - When
to test a cat?
infection occurs worldwide. The disease
is associated with illness and deaths of more cats than any other infectious
Cats should be
tested for Feline Leukemia under the following circumstances:
• Whenever they
are sick, regardless of age, negative results of previous FeL V tests, and
vaccination status. Leukemia infection
has been associated with a wide variety of diseases including but not limited
to, anemia, neoplasia, and disorder associated with immune disfunction.
• When they are
about to be adopted, regardless of age.
• Before being introduced into a multiple cat
household to prevent exposing resident cats.
• When results of the most recent test are
negative, but recent exposure cannot be ruled out.
• When FeL V infection status is unknown. Infected cats may remain asymptomatic for
years, during which time they may serve as a source of infection to other cats
in the household.
• When they are exposed, or potentially
exposed, to cats of unknown infection status, regardless of whether they have
been vaccinated against leukemia.
• When they are about to be vaccinated. Leukemia vaccine should not be administered
to infected cats.
In my opinion, all
cats should be tested for infection with feline leukemia virus. Then, all tests should be interpreted in
light of the patients health and prior liklihood of infection. Questions?
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