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Feature May 2017 Issue

The Deadly Threat of Parvovirus

While parvovirus may be present anywhere in the environment, the disease is especially threatening in such places as animal shelters and breeding facilities.

The Deadly Threat of Parvovirus

Also called panleukopenia or feline distemper, this disease can prove fatal to unvaccinated kittens within a matter of days. Here’s what you should know.

Vomiting, severe diarrhea, diminished appetite, fever, listlessness, progressive weight loss and general weakness are among the signs of a deadly feline illness called parvovirus. This potentially fatal disorder — also known as panleukopenia or distemper — is an illness for which there is no specific treatment. Fortunately, a highly effective vaccine is available to provide cats with long-lasting immunity against the feline parvovirus (FPV) — the organism that is responsible for spreading the disease.

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