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Ask the Vet About Feline Leukemia in Cats

Feline Leukemia
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Ask the Vet About Feline Leukemia in Cats
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Jan 26, 2017
Category: Feline Leukemia
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: treatment for Feline Leukemia

Question:Hi, in case cat test positive for Feline Leukemia,what options do I have to prolong the cat's life. Cat is less than 12 month old, currently, it looks like very healthy and very active. thank

Answer:The best thing you can do is keep the cat away from other cats. You want him/her to be a totally indoor cat - not only to not spread the virus to other cats, but also so he/she isn't exposed to other upper respiratory infections, gastrointestinal infections, etc. Lysine is an amino acid that seems to have anti-viral properties - there are many preparations made for cats that are chewable that they enjoy. Interferon is another drug that may have anti-viral properties that you may want to consider. Keep an eye out for clinical signs of illness (coughing, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, etc) and act quickly when you see them - for a cat with a regular immune system you may choose to wait and see if they improve but with a FELV positive kitty, you want to act quickly.

Date: Jul 27, 2016
Category: Feline Leukemia
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Feline Leukemia

Question:I Had A Blood Test Run On My Cat As He Is Losing Fur On His Back And Lost 5lbs In 1 Month. The Test Results Show Nothing Is Wrong With The Thyroid But The Platlets Are Low. Is The Only Answer Feline Leukemia Or Could It Be Something Else? If It Is Leukemia Is There Any Real Treatment?

Answer:I Would Not Assume Feline Leukemia Virus, Which Is Easily Ruled Out By Blood Test. Best To Return To Vet For Recheck And Recheck Of Blood Work As Low Platelet Count May Be Artifact From Technique Of Blood Pulling

Date: Jul 13, 2016
Category: Feline Leukemia
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Feline Leukemia Spread By Shared Cat Food?

Question:Can Feline Leukemia Be Spread By Eating Wet Cat Food From The Same Bowl?

Answer:Yes It Is Possible, But This Virus Is Not As Contagious As People Think. I Would Have Vet Exam And Simple Blood Test In A Few Weeks After Exposure To See If Cat Is Positive

Date: Jun 12, 2016
Category: Feline Leukemia
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Feline Lukimeia

Question:Hi My Partner Recently Rescued A Cat We Have Just Found Out Has Feline Lukimeia The Cat About 8 Weeks Ago Gave Birth To 2 Beautiful Kitten Was Just Wondering What Their Chances Are At Not Having This Infection. And If Taking The Kittens Somewhere That Doesnt Have This Infection Give Them A Better Chance

Answer:Hard To Give You Exact Statistics On This. Kittens Can Be Tested Now For Feline Leukemia Virus And If Negative, Then Re Test Them In 4 More Weeks(at 90 Days) To See If They Have Become Infected At That Time. If They Have Not, Then They May Be Clear. However I Would Suggest Separating Them From The Mother Now, If Either Kitten Is Negative Now.

Date: Jun 9, 2016
Category: Feline Leukemia
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Feline Leukemia

Question:Is There Any Cure For Feline Leukemia

Answer:No Traditional Conventional Medical Cure If You Are Talking About Feline Leukemia Viral Infection. If Cancer, Then Best Treated Or Palliated By Consulting With Veterinary Oncologist. I Find That Holistic Vets Offer The Best Chance At Curing A Cat Truly From Feline Leukemia Viral Infection. To Learn More See Www.doctordym.com

Date: Apr 7, 2016
Category: Feline Leukemia
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Poison

Question:I Recently Adopted A Lovely Healthy Cat. She Went Out For A Few Days After We Had Had Her For About Three Weeks. When She Came Back Out Was As If It Was All New To Her Again So We Kept Her In. A Week And A Half Later She Died. She Hid Most Of The Time So It Was Hard To Spot Any Unusual Behaviour Or Symptoms, The Morning Of The Day She Died I Noticed She Seemed A Bit Off Balance But Thought This Might Be As She Had Just Woken Up. She Had Severe Seizures, And In Between Was Completely Paralysed Except For Her Limbs Twitching. i'd Really Like Some Clue As To What Happened To Her, Do You Think She May Have Been Poisoned?

Answer:Many Possibilities From Poisoning To Viruses Like Feline Leukemia Virus To Fip, Etc

Date: Nov 7, 2015
Category: Feline Leukemia
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Not Eating

Question:I Have A 3 Month Old Mixed Savannah And Domestic Short Hair That Has Stopped Eating As Of 11/5/15. Was Feeding Dry Kitten Food W/cooked Chicken, Chicken Liver, Rice, And Egg. The Day After He Stopped Eating(11/6/15)syringe Fed Him Water And Evaporated Milk Every 4 Hours Till Bed. Today, 11/7/15, Syringe Fed Him Liquefied Cooked Chicken, Chicken Liver, Rice, And Egg W/ Evaporated Milk And Water. He Does Not Want To Be Anywhere Except In My Arms Or On My Chest Sleeping. Not Playing At All. Nose Is Cold And Wet So No Fever. Stools Have Been Solid Except For The Last Two. Gave Him 3 Doses(.2cc)of Otc Pro-pet Liquid Wormer.i Have Another Kitten, Same Age, Different Litter, Same Food, And Same Doses Of De-wormwer No Issues.

Answer:Needs Vet Exam And Evaluation To Include Feline Leukemia Blood Test And/or Hydration With Fluids, Etc

Date: Mar 30, 2014
Category: Feline Leukemia
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Please Help Me

Question:Hello i Have A Cat That His Third-eyelid Appears Too Much Some Time He Has Sneeze.the Veterinarian Here Thinks That He Has Leukemia Or Feline Leukemia But Here We Don't Have Tests To Make Sure Of It My Questions Is Do You Think It Is Leukemia ? And Can Leukemia Transits From Cats To Human ?

Answer:Leukemia Not Typically Transmitted From Cat To Human. A Simple Feline Leukemia Virus Blood Test Can Sort This Out. The Third Eyelid Out And Sneezing, Could Be Due To Many Possible Viruses, Other Than Leukemia Virus. Also Put Cat On Dmg Liquid From 1800petmeds And Lysine Supplement As Well.

Date: Mar 23, 2014
Category: Feline Leukemia
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Bloodwork Results

Question:My Cat's Bloodwork Indicated He Had Low White Blood Cell Count, Low Mean Platelet Volume, Low K+, And Low Phos. What Does All That Mean?

Answer:Could Mean Viral Infection. Take Back To Vet And At Least Have A Feline Leukemia Virus/fiv Blood Test As Well.

Date: Jan 18, 2014
Category: Feline Leukemia
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Kitty Is Sick =(

Question:I Have An Outdoor Kitty Who Alerted Us To A Problem This Afternoon With An Awful, Moaning-like Meow In Our Garage Today. He Is Lethargic, Does Not Seem To Have The Strength To Stand, Has A Neglected Coat, Has Pale Gums, Can't Seem To Focus And Won't Eat Or Drink. His Appetite Had Been A Little Off, But We Thought He Was Being Picky. We Gave Him Wet Food, And He Gobbled It Up. He Eats And Eats But Doesn't Seem To Put On Weight. Today He Looks Emaciated. Could He Have Feline Leukemia That Is Just Now Rearing Its Ugly Head? I Live In An Area Where I Can't Seek Vet Attention Until Monday. What Can I Do Until Then (it Is Saturday Afternoon)?

Answer:Feline Leukemia Is Always Possible In Cats But Easily Ruled Out With Simple Blood Test At Vet. Not Much You Can Do At Home. Consider Immune Boosters Like Dmg Liquid From 1080petmeds, As Well As Transfer Factor Www.tfpets.com Vet Exam Best However.

Date: Dec 26, 2013
Category: Feline Leukemia
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: My 8 Week Old Kitten Won't Eat.

Question:We Just Received An 8 Week Old Kitten. We Were Told She Was Weaned And Was Eating Dry Kitten Food. _upon Bringing Her Home, She Showed No Interest In The Food And Water. I Took That As Understanding The Change Of Surroundings So I Didn't Worry. It's Been A Full Day And A Half And She Still Hasn't Eaten. _we Had A Baby Medicine Drop Where We Put Water In And Gave It To Her That Way And Mushed The Food In The Dropper And Tried That.i Am Worried And Running Out Of Ideas.. Please Help.

Answer:Best To Have Proper Vet Exam, Stool Check, Blood Test For Feline Leukemia Virus, Etc. Alot Of Possibilities Here In Kitten This Age.

Date: Oct 28, 2013
Category: Feline Leukemia
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Kitten With Various Symptoms That Come And Go.

Question:My Male Kitten Is Approx 2.5 Weeks Old And Has Not Had Any Shots (he Has Been Treated For Worms). Sometimes He Acts Like His Sister, Normal And Very Active (like A Kitten). Other Times He Is Very Lethargic, Not Moving For Hours Unless I Pick Him Up And Carry Him To Food Or His Litter Box. Sometimes He Will Eat, Other Times I Have To Feed Him A Milk Supplement For Kittens (forget The Name). His Breathing Often Speeds Up To About Twice The Normal Speed (when I Compare It To His Sister's), And His 3rd Eyelid Will Stay On His Eyeballs (the Worst Time Covering His Full Eyes For Several Hours). Sometimes I See All The Symptoms, Other Times He's Not As Bad And I See Only 2 Or 3 Of The Symptoms In Any Combination. He Stays Sick For A Few Up To 18 Hours At A Time, Then He Is Running Around With His Sister Again. He Was Tested For Feline Aids And Feline Leukemia And Was Negative For Both. He Used To Eat Cheap Cat Food That His Previous Owners Gave Me And I Thought That Might Be The Issue, But He's Been Eating Quality Cat Food For A Couple Weeks Now (simply Nourish Source- Kitten Formula) And His Symptoms Remain. He Is A Healthy Weight (2.6 Lbs And The Same Size As His Sister), And His Poop/pee Have Always Looked Normal And Been Regular. The Vet I Took Him To Did Not Have A Clue What The Problem Might Be.

Answer:I Am Not Sure If You Made Mistake In First Line Of Question 2.5 Weeks Old? I Would Probably Have Full Cbc/chemistry Blood Work To Look For Underlying Metabolic Issues.

Date: Jun 30, 2011
Category: Feline Leukemia
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Losing Weight, Won't Eat

Question:My Cat Is About 1 Year Old. He Has No Appetite, Picks At His Food. He Eats Litter, And Licks The Concrete Floor On My Screen Porch. He Is An Indoor Cat. He Has No Energy, And Wants To Go Out, But I'm Afraid The Larger Animals Will Harm Him. I Let Him Go Out On The Screen Porch, And He Licks The Concrete Floor. He Also Eats The Litter That Falls On The Floor From The Litter Box. His Brother Is Twice His Size, And Normal. I Have Eleven Cats, And All Are Healthy Except For This Cat. I Have Tryed All Types Of Cat Food, And Home-cooked Food. I Have Also Tried A Food Supplement( Vitamin), But He Spits It Out. Please Help!

Answer:This Cat Needs A Full Medical Exam And Evaluation As Sounds Like Some Sort Of Chronic Illness That May Need Full Exam And Blood Work To Diagnose, Including Testing For Feline Leukemia Virus, Etc.

Date: Sep 18, 2006
Category: Feline Leukemia
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Felv

Question:It Is True That If A Young Kitten (8-12 Wks. Old) Contracts Leukemia, It Will Die Within Days? Is Felv Always A Death Sentence For Kittens? And, Can A "negative" Felv Test Be Considered A Reliable Result In Young Kittens? Should They Be Tested Again At A Later Date To Be Certain They Are Not Carriers? I Am Concerned About Mixing Tested Ferals With My Housecat At A Future Date. thank You, vicki

Answer:I Usually Test All Kittens On Arriving Into A Colony Or Shelter. If They Are Negative Then They Are Not Currently Contagious. I Always Retest Them Though In 90 Days, As Disease Can Incubate That Long. If Negative At 90 Days Then They Are In Clear. As For Young Kittens Contracting Leukemia, It Is Not Death Sentence. If An In House Positive Elisa Test Is Done In Vet Office, It Should Always Be Confirmed With Gold Standard Test Called Ifa Done At Outside Lab. Too Many Kittens Are Euthanized Based On Positive In House Test, Which Might Be Only Transient Infection Or False Positive. The Ifa Is Gold Standard. About 1/3 Of Kittens Who Are Exposed To Leukemia Under One Year Of Age Will Become Persistantly Infected. Once Persistantly Infected, There Is 80 Or So Percent Change That Kitten Will Be Dead Of Feline Leukemia Related Viral Disease Within 3 Years Of Diagnosis. Other 2/3 Of Kittens Can Fight It Off And Become Either Only Temporarily Infected Or Immune. Actually Cats Over The Age Of One Or 2 Are Much Less Susceptible To Feline Leukemia Virus, Even If They Go Outside.

Date: Aug 4, 2006
Category: Feline Leukemia
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Feline Leukemia

Question:I Had One Kitten Of Five Be Put Down At Five Months Because Of This. I Have Two Of His Sisters. He Got The Disease From His Mother. Is It Likely They Have It As Well? One Of Them Keeps Getting Very Skinny Then Putting The Weight Back On Over Time? Thank You. -angel

Answer:Easy Enough To Rule In Or Out This Disease In Other Kittens Hy Simple Blood Test At Vet. I Always Recommend To Clients If A Positive Kitten Is Picked Up, To Have Blood Sent Out To Outside Lab For Ifa Test For Feline Leukemia Virus Which Is Gold Standard Of Diagnosis For This Infection. Make Sure Kittens On Good Natural Diet Like Azmira From 1800petmeds As Well As Add Naturevet Enzymes As Well As Be Well Supplements From 1800petmeds Which Can Help Immune System And Coat When Used Long Term As Well As Digestion.


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