Feline Leukemia

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You have likely heard about Feline Leukemia (FeLV), and may have even known a cat that has had Feline Leukemia.  Here is the scary stuff:

  • Feline Leukemia is not curable.
  • 85% of cats that contract Feline Leukemia die within 3 years, less if they go untreated.
  • Feline Leukemia is contagious to other cats but not to humans. 
  • Feline Leukemia is the most common cause of death in domestic cats. 
  • A cat can have the virus without showing symptoms right away. 

Here is the not scary stuff:

  • FeLV is preventable with a vaccination.

How Do Cats Get FeLV?

The FeLV virus is transmitted through body fluids:

  • saliva
  • mucus
  • urine and feces
  • blood.

Typically it is transmitted through direct contact between cats, things like mutual grooming, shared litter boxes, shared food and water bowls. It can also be passed to kitten in utero or through their milk. It can also be transmitted through bites and scratches. 

Symptoms of FeLV

Keep in mind that a cat can have Feline Leukemia and have no symptoms, this is why it is important to get your cat tested. 

  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Pale or swollen gums
  • Oily fur
  • Abscesses
  • Fever
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Significant changes in behavior
  • Vision or other eye problems
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Reproductive problems (in females)
  • Jaundice (yellow skin)
  • Chronic skin disease
  • Respiratory distress (aka. breathing difficulty)
  • Lethargy

How Is FeLV Treated?

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There is no cure for FeLV. Treatment is based on the best course of action to provide your cat with the highest quality of life. This could be medications or diet. Your vet will advise you on the best possible course. 

How Can FeLV Be Prevented?

Get the vaccine! There is a vaccine for FeLV. Though you cannot cure it, you can prevent it. Come into our daily walk-in shot clinic to get your FeLV vaccination. 

If your cat has the vaccination then you don’t need to worry about contracting the disease. If your cat is not vaccinated, you need to get them vaccinated immediately, but in the mean time, keep them away from other cats to avoid any possible contamination. 

Spay and Neuter in January!

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Did you know that January is the season of Heat…or the season of being in season? Most cats start their fertility cycle in late winter/early spring. Pretty soon your cat will start the yowling and crying, and maybe even dragging her butt on the ground leaving yucky red streaks on your carpet. I know, it doesn’t sound appealing, but it does happen. 

 

 

Getting your cat spayed does more than just stop her from yowling and making a mess. It is also better for her physical and mental health. Mentally, going into heat without being bred is very stressful for your cat. She is biologically craving a mate. Her body wants to breed. So not breeding actually causes her mental discomfort…not to mention that she will cause you mental discomfort as well as she expresses her own displeasure at her predicament. Physically, she is at a higher risk for cancer. Getting your cat spayed affects her hormones and decreases her risk of certain types of feline cancer.

We always have great promotions on surgeries and spays and neuters. 

So get your cat spayed before she drives you nuts.

Get her spayed before she drives herself nuts.

Get her spayed because it is good for her health.

New Years Resolutions for Your Pets

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Today is the day that everyone is making their New Years resolutions. What is your’s this year? Quit smoking, exercise more, eat healthier? What about making a New Years resolution for your dog?

Pet new year resolutions

Here are some great New Years Resolutions you can make for your pet.

  1. Get More Exercise: Getting more exercise is good for both you and your pet. If you have a dog, trying going out on daily walks. If you have a cat, try just playing with them more.  A laser pointer is a great way to get your kitty running around.
  2. Go Out! Your dog loves to get out. Try taking him to a dog park once a week, or going on a walk on the bosque.
  3. Dental Cleaning: Your dog needs to have an annual dental cleaning just like you do. The healthier the teeth the healthier the dog. 
  4. Annual Checkup: Going to the vet, or doctor, is important for pets and humans. Schedule your appointment today to bring your pet in for their annual checkup. 
  5. Better diet: It is time to reevaluate what you pet is eating. Try putting them on a healthier diet. Talk to your vet about if your pet should be on a low-fat or any other specialty diet. 

Just like humans, regular veterinary care and good diet and exercise will help keep your pet healthy longer and they will live a longer and happier life. Make those New Years resolutions to keep yourself, and your pet healthy in 2019.