Feline Panleukopenia Virus

Feline Panleukopenia Virus (AKA Feline Distemper)

Feline Panleukopenia Virus (causative agent of Feline Distemper) is a widespread and highly contagious viral disease that causes fever, vomiting, diarrhea, immune suppression, anemia and death. The virus affects mostly young cats, although cats of any age may be infected. This disease can be fatal in cats of all age groups. Feline Panleukopenia virus does not affect humans or dogs.
Like Canine parvovirus, Feline panleukopenia virus can live for months in the environment. The virus can be brought into a home on hands, clothes, or shoes. Cats that never leave their home or backyard and have no contact with other exposed cats are still at risk.

Prevention

3-in-1

3-IN-1 IS ALSO KNOWN AS ‘FVRCP’ VACCINE – PROTECTION AGAINST:
  • Feline Herpesvirus (Causes Feline Infectious Rhinotrachetitis)
  • Feline Calicivirus (Causes Feline Influenza)
  • Feline Panleukopenia Virus (Causes Feline Distemper)

Minimum Age:

8 weeks

Recommended Protocol:

Kitten: First vaccination 8 – 10 weeks. First booster vaccination 12 – 14 weeks

Most practices however vaccinate cats only twice. If vaccinations start very early – ie at 6 weeks – then a third booster at 16 weeks is indicated (To avoid interference from maternal immunity which may affect the early vaccine)

 

 

From: VIP Petcare

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