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Feline Vaccination Recommendations
General

FVRCP

This is a combination vaccine against feline viral rhinotracheitis (herpes virus), calicivirus and panleukopenia.  These are all viruses that cause significant disease and even death in cats.  The herpes virus and calicivirus cause upper respiratory infections, whereas panleukopenia causes vomiting and diarrhea.  This vaccine is considered a "core" vaccine for both indoor and outdoor cats and is given every three years to cats above the age of one.

FELV

Feline leukemia virus is a retrovirus that causes leukemia, lymphoma and immunosuppression in cats.  The virus is... Read More

Feline Pancreatitis
Gastrointestinal

What is pancreatitis?

The pancreas is a vital organ located in the right side of the abdomen. It has two functions:  1) to produce enzymes that help in digestion of food and, 2) to produce hormones such as insulin. When the pancreas becomes inflamed, the condition is called pancreatitis. It is a disease process that is seen commonly in the dog and occasionally in the cat. There is no age, sex, or breed predisposition for pancreatitis.

There are two main forms of acute pancreatitis or sudden onset pancreatitis:  1) the mild, edematous form and, 2) the more severe, hemorrhagic form. The inflammation associated with pancreatitis allows digest... Read More

Feline Leukemia by Frank Utchen, DVM
General

Question: Dr. Utchen, I recently adopted a cat from an animal shelter and when I took her to my vet she tested positive for feline leukemia. She seems perfectly healthy right now, but what can I expect down the line? Is my other cat at risk of getting leukemia?

Answer:

The Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is in the same family of viruses as the human AIDS virus (HIV). Although not contagious to people FeLV is essentially as serious to cats as HIV is to us humans.

The Feline Leukemia Virus is found in an infected cat's saliva and is spread from cat to cat through biting, although... Read More

The Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) By Frank Utchen, DVM
General

Two of the most devastating viral diseases for cats are Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS. Each is caused by a virus for which there is no cure once a cat contracts it. Both viruses are in the family of viruses called Retroviruses, which puts them in the same group as the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Fortunately, repeated studies of veterinarians who routinely come in contact with these diseases, and repeated unsuccessful attempts to grow these viruses in human cell cultures has confirmed that neither virus is transmissible to humans.

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