Contagious Animal Disease Alert

Koshka’s Concern

Contagious Animal Disease Alert: 

There has been recent Confirmed testing of the contagious disease FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus) in the area of Cherry St. and Emerson Ave. in Hoquiam, WA. If your cat is due for their yearly FeLV/FIV test-ing or is due for an FeLV vaccination please contact us at Raintree Veterinary Center at 360-532-1900 to keep your cat safe. 

*Currently 16.6% of felines tested at Raintree have been positive for FeLV, FIV or both in 2014 

This disease is shed in the saliva, feces, milk, and urine of an infected cat, although the primary route of transmission is through saliva. Transmission occurs through grooming, licking, biting and sharing dishes and litter pans. FeLV is a fragile virus and does not survive long in the environment; therefore close, cat-to-cat contact is re-quired to transmit the disease. Transmission from infected mother to kitten may occur during pregnancy or nursing. As well, FeLV can be transmitted through a blood trans-fusion, meaning all potential blood donors should be screened for FeLV.

Young cats, especially those under 4-6 months of age, are the most susceptible to persistent infection with FeLV as their immune systems are not fully mature.

What is it? 

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) 

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is in the retrovirus family, classified because of the way it infects cells. Another common virus, feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), is also In the same family. FeLV is one of the most common and important infectious diseases of cats, and is present in feline populations around the world. Prevalence of FeLV is highest in environments with a high population density of cats, including multi-cat households and stray/feral or free-roaming cat populations.

Please take care in keeping your cat up to date on vaccinations. If your pet is due for vaccinations or if you have unvaccinated or new cats in or near your household please contact your regular veterinarian for an appointment and testing.

The doctors and staff at Raintree Veterinary Center are committed to keeping your pets healthy and happy.

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