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.
- 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.
- 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.