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Social Butterfly September 23, 2004


Dr Dorota Pearson, DVM

 

Feline Leukemia Virus - When to test a cat

Feline Leukemia Virus - When to test a cat?

Feline leukemia infection occurs worldwide. The disease is associated with illness and deaths of more cats than any other infectious agent.

 

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? Call us. 598 2512.