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Feature April 2016 Issue

Diagnosis: Feline Leukemia

Outdoor cats are at higher risk because they are more likely to come into contact with infected animals who are sheddling the virus into the environment.

Diagnosis: Feline Leukemia

No cure is available, but vaccination can prevent occurrence of this disease. Cats that have outdoor access are at a much higher risk than indoor-only cats.

Among all of the viruses that pose a significant threat to feline health, none is more potentially devastating than the feline leukemia virus (FeLV), a submicroscopic organism associated with the illness and death of more cats worldwide than any other infectious agent. The most frequently diagnosed disease caused by this deadly virus is feline leukemia, a disorder marked chiefly by the excessive production of certain white blood cells (leukocytes) in a catís bone marrow.

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