FIV jumps Puddles

Puddles is a handsome young cat who spent a day with us at the clinic. He had some rather nasty gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and some tartar build up on his teeth. He was in need of a dental treatment. The presence of gingivitis is also a sign that he could have FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) so whilst our team was cleaning Puddles' teeth, we took a blood sample from Puddles to test for FIV. FIV is a viral disease that is spread through cat bite wounds. This means any cat that spends any time outside is at risk of contracting the disease.

FIV is untreatable and can cause or contribute to many problems, including low grade chronic infections, mouth ulcers and cancer of the immune system. We can, however, obtain blood test for and vaccinate against FIV. Fortunately for Puddles, his blood test was negative so we started him on the vaccine regime.

If you are concerned about your outdoor cat contracting a disease or have any questions regarding FIV, please feel free to give us a call on 9850 1600. It is certainly better to be safe than sorry with FIV!

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