Bowie tests positive to FIV - help us stop the spread of FIV in the Essendon area
In December, we had the pleasure of seeing Bowie for her yearly vaccination. We also had a chat with Bowie's owners about a new vaccine that has recently become available for cats against FIV (Feline Immuno-deficiency Virus).
FIV is a common viral infection that we see in cats around the Essendon area. It is usually transmitted via a bite wound from an infected cat. In its initial stages, FIV causes few symptoms. Later in the course of the disease FIV can cause many symptoms including decreased appetite, weight loss, slow healing from infections or wounds and gingivitis.
Bowie's owners agreed to start the FIV vaccine course as Bowie spent time outdoors making her susceptable to infection.
In order to give a course of FIV vaccinations, we needed to do a blood test to check that the patient is not already infected. Unfortunately, when we tested Bowie she returned a positive result for FIV.
Bowie's owners were sad to hear the news about the blood test and suspected she had caught the virus when she was attacked by another cat a few years ago. Now that Bowie's owners are aware that she has the virus they will be able to keep a close eye on her for any symptoms (which may not show up for many years) and will also be able to keep her indoors to prevent the spread of the virus to any other cats on the neighbourhood. Bowie is still very well in herself and is a much loved little cat.
We are hoping that we will be able to start the majority of cats that visit our clinic on the vaccine against FIV to enable us to lessen the spread of this virus and to keep our patients healthy. If you have any questions in relation to the vaccinations, please feel welcome to phone us.