Frequently asked questions about feline panleukopenia

Feline panleukopenia, also known as “feline parvo,” is a highly contagious viral disease that affects cats. Here are some frequently asked questions about feline panleukopenia:

What is feline panleukopenia? Feline panleukopenia is a virus that is transmittable through fluids and feces. Feces being the most significant. Panleuk can live and be transmitted on most all surfaces. The incubation period is 3-5 days but can incubate as long as 14 days.

What are the symptoms of feline panleukopenia? The most common symptoms of feline panleukopenia are vomiting, anorexia, diarrhea, lethargy, sudden death.

How is feline panleukopenia diagnosed? Diagnosis is usually based on clinical signs, severe neutropenia and lymphopenia, and fecal viral antigen or PCR testing.

How is feline panleukopenia treated? Feline panleukopenia is treated using injectable antibiotics, anti-diarrheals, anti-nausea drugs, and fluids as well as force feedings. Treatments/feedings are done 2-6 times a day for approximately 3-7 days.

Can feline panleukopenia be prevented? Yes, feline panleukopenia can be prevented through vaccination.

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