Feline Leukemia is a highly contagious viral infection affecting wild and domestic populations of cats. Transmitted in urine, feces, saliva, nasal secretions and milk from lactating mothers, the disease is found world wide and affects the white blood cells. Feline Leukemia Virus may affect the cat’s immune system and cause some forms of cancer. Much like HIV in their human companions, cats affected with FeLV are commonly unable to ward off even common infections. Prevention is a key factor in keeping cat families healthy, new cats should be tested prior to being introduced into a home. Annual vaccinations and boosters are required to provide adequate protection to the disease. Any cat at risk of exposure (including cats just on the back porch) to potentially infected cats or cats with unknown medical history should be vaccinated. Allowing your cat to roam unattended outside often equals a shortened life span from many diseases and trauma. Ask Animal Central for more information regarding Feline Leukemia Virus.
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Dr. George Stroberg, DVM and Staff