​​​​​963 W. Route 66 Suite 230 Flagstaff Arizona 86001

ph:(928) 779.0148    fax: (928) 779.0149

The Veterinarians at Westside would like to thank you for your continued support of the Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center of Northern Arizona, open week nights after 5:00 pm, weekends 
Friday 5:00 pm through Monday 8:30 am, and on major holidays

What is Feline Leukemia Virus?
- A retrovirus that causes the inability to develop a normal immune response, particularly in felines. FeLV is one of the leading causes of death in felines. 85% of felines diagnosed with FeLV typically die within 3 years of diagnosis.

How is FeLV transmitted?
- Saliva: licking, sharing food/water bowls, fights, grooming
- Blood: fights
- Mother to kittens before birth

Risk factors:
- Age; kittens are much more susceptible than adult cats
- Indoor/outdoor cats
- Sex; male cats are typically affected more because of their dominant behavior with other cats
- Multiple cat households

Symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Enlarged lymph nodes- mild to severe
- Chronic bladder, skin, ear, eye, or upper respiratory infections.
- Weight and/or appetite loss
- Fever
- Lethargy or weakness
- Persistent diarrhea
- Reoccurring abscesses
- Disorders affecting the nerves to legs and paws; wobbly, uncoordinated
- Tumors
- Inflammation of the gums or mouth

Quick and easy tests can be performed at your local veterinary office to diagnose FeLV. The most commonly used test only requires a small amount of your cat's blood and delivers results within a typical appointment time. This test can detect infection within days of exposure and may later turn negative if the cat's immune system eliminates the infection.
Other tests can be performed but generally have to be sent to outside labs and only detect later, permanent stages of the virus.

Once a feline has tested negative for Feline Leukemia Virus, there is a vaccine that may be administered that will protect them from infection. Duration of the vaccine depends on the manufacturer. Because kittens are more susceptible to FeLV, it is highly recommended that they be tested and vaccinated as early as 6-8 weeks of age.

                                                       GET 10% OFF FELINE LEUKEMIA

September: Feline Leukemia Virus Awareness Month

Monthly Newsletter