Do you know what Feline Panleukopenia is?!

By November 22, 2016Pet Talk

Feline Panleukopenia is a highly contagious viral disease. It is caused by the parvovirus. This may sound familiar because it is a very contagious and deadly disease seen in dogs, commonly puppies. Kittens are most susceptible to the virus, especially those around 3-5 months of age.

Symptoms:

  • fever
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea-may be bloody
  • reduced appetite

How the disease can be contracted:

  • by your pet coming into contact with urine, feces or blood of an infected animal.
  • it can even be as simple as coming into contact with a bed, food bowls, cages, shoes or clothing that the contaminated animal had contact with.
  • from an infected mother to her kittens in utero.

Treatments:

  • There is no medication to kill off the virus
  • Supportive care, like IV fluids, syringe feedings, anti-vomiting medications, can be used to help.
  • The best way to treat is to prevent! There is a vaccine to prevent this virus and the initial vaccine should be given to kittens around 8 weeks of age and then receive boosters around 12 and 16 weeks of age.

If you suspect that your kitten may have contracted this virus, have them seen by a Veterinarian immediately as this can progress and become fatal quickly.

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