FELINE LEUKEMIA VIRUS (FeLV)
         and YOUR CAT   

 

Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a very important cause of morbidity and mortality in domestic cats.  All cats at one point in their life are susceptible to the virus.  It is able to replicate in many tissues and causes widespread infection, particularly in areas with a high cat population.  Is your cat at risk? 

Subsequent infection and clinical signs are variable and include a variety of malignancies and immunosuppressive diseases.  Clinical manifestation of FeLV depends on several viral and host factors.  Early diagnosis of the virus is important to increase the chances that your cat will survive the infection.  Treatment will not cure FeLV, but you can slow the progression of the disease, and eliminate some clinical signs to improve the quality of your cat's life.

This webpage is designed to familiarize you with feline leukemia virus.  It is important to continually monitor your cat’s health and make note of any changes in your cat.  If your cat is presenting with any serious clinical signs, please take it to see your veterinarian.



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THE LIFE OF A RETROVIRIUS

WHAT IS FELINE LEUKEMIA VIRUS?

EPIDEMIOLOGY & TRANSMISSION

PATHOGENESIS

CLINICAL SIGNS AND FELINE LEUKEMIA VIRUS-ASSOCIATED DISEASES

HOW DO THEY KNOW THAT MY CAT HAS FELINE LEUKEMIA VIRUS?

TREATMENT

PREVENTION

ZOONOSES

DICTIONARY

REFERENCES


Please refer to www.medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com for further clarification of vocabulary.



This webpage was designed by Melissa Kiehn & Karen Slobodian March 2007 at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine,
as an assignment for Virology 333.2.