Have your heard of Feline Aids (FIV)?
In Australia between 14 and 29% of all cats are FIV positive (approximately 15% in Tasmania).
Feline Aids (FIV) is caused by infection with feline immunodeficiency virus and can be fatal. There is no treatment or cure for infected cats.
FIV is a virus that lives in the blood of an infected cat and is carried throughout its life. It is spread by being bitten by an infected cat. Cats with FIV may show no symptoms for many years where as some cats display symptoms such as fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, diarrhoea and swollen lymph nodes.
As the disease progresses symptoms such as weight loss, eye lesions, poor coat, sores in and around the mouth and certain types of cancers may occur. Eventually the immune system becomes too weak to fight off other infections as a result the cat may pass away.
A vaccine is available that can aid in prevention of infection. Unvaccinated cats that present older than 8 weeks require three vaccinations 2-4 weeks apart. Then annually. FIV Vaccinations are also covered in our Best for Pet wellness program. If you would like to book your cat in for their FIV vaccinations, please give us a call on (03) 6424 2495.