Testing Your Cats for Feline Leukemia (FELV) and Feline AIDS (FIV)


Dear Client,

Congratulations on your new addition!  Whether this four-legged family member was given to you, or it’s that cute stray that has decided to call your house home, there is some important information we have to tell you about—Feline Leukemia & Feline AIDS.

Feline Leukemia Virus (FELV) is one of the most common & destructive of all cat viruses.  Although your pet may not be showing clinical signs, 20% of all cats/kittens test positive.  Kittens may become infected while still in the womb or when the infected mother removes the umbilical cord during nursing. It may also spread by saliva during catfights, grooming, or mating and can be spread through blood, urine, & feces.  25% of all infected cats die within 1 year, and 75% of infected cats die within 3 years. 

Feline AIDS Virus (FIV), an Immune Deficiency Syndrome, is also destructive in cats.  It is passed through the bite or scratch of an infected cat.  Unlike FELV, it is not spread through casual contact.

There is NO cure for either disease, but there is a preventative vaccine for the Feline Leukemia Virus that can be given BEFORE exposure to the disease. Unfortunately there is no recommended vaccine for the Feline AIDS Virus.

We HIGHLY RECOMMEND TESTING for the above diseases BEFORE INTRODUCING THIS PET TO YOUR HOME, especially in multi-cat households.

Please ask our doctors for the cost of these services.



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