Panleukopenia in Cats

posted: by: Dr. David Ruppert Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

At present, we are seeing quite a few cats (mostly kittens) with Panleukopenia infections.  Panleukopenia is a highly contagious feline Parvovirus that causes vomiting and bloody diarrhea.  It is expensive to treat and can be fatal in 40% of cases in kittens.  Kittens need to start their vaccinations at 6 weeks of age, and then get two more boosters at 3-week intervals.  Adult cats should get Panleukopenia boosters every 3 years.  Boulevard Veterinary Hospital is recommending booster vaccinations for all adult cats that have not been vaccinated within the last 3 years.  Indoor-only cats are at risk too, due to the hardiness of the virus which can be carried on your shoes or clothing.  On a side note, Panleukopenia is believed to have mutated into the canine Parvovirus back in 1978.  (Cats rule, dogs drool!)   Dr. David Ruppert