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Feline Panleukopenia Virus (FPV)

Feline Panleukopenia Virus or FPV

Facts about FPV

It is commonly referred to as feline distemper

It is a highly contagious and life-threatening viral illness

It is very resilient and can survive in contaminated environments for years

Kittens between 2-6 months, pregnant and immune-compromised cats are highest risk

It is not related to canine distemper

 Cats that survive are immune to further infection

 It is caused by direct or indirect contact with an infected cat

It is diagnosed with bloodwork and a urinalysis

Symptoms

 Vomiting

Diarrhea

Dehydration

Weight loss

High fever

Anemia

Rough hair coat

Depression

Complete loss of interest in food

 May hide for a day or two

 Hanging head over dish but doesn't eat or drink

Neurological symptoms such as lack of coordination

Feet tucked under body for long periods of time

Chin resting on floor for long periods of time

Treatment

Fluid therapy

Antibiotics

Restricted activity

Love and affection

Prevention

Vaccinate

Keep away from infected cats

 

 

 

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