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Is FeLV / FIV testing necessary for cats?


Is FeLV / FIV testing necessary for cats?

Dr. Wahla from Prestige Animal Hospital discusses FeLV / FIV testing for cats.

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So it's a quick 10 minute test that we take three drops of blood and tells you positive or negative.

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I'm Dr. Sudeep Wahla here with Miranda, she's one of our techs. She's going to ask us a common question again that we always get from a lot of our clients. And, I will try answer to the best of my ability.

 

Why should I test my cat for FIV FeLV testing.

 

So, for those who don't know, FeLV and FIV testing is feline leukemia and feline AIDS for cats, feline immunodeficiency virus. And, it's an essential test for not only all kittens, but any adults that have any exposure to outside cats, or even go outdoors. It essentially tests for those two things, leukemia and FIV, which are fairly common in cats and they're lifelong diseases. So, if for example, you're a healthy cat Miranda, and I'm a cat that has leukemia and/or FIV, my immune system will be compromised and any illness should be taken more seriously than a normal cat. Something that you might get over would really hit me hard and I might need medication. So it's a quick 10 minute test that we take three drops of blood and tells you positive or negative. So please, before even introducing the kitten or cat into your house, it's very important for their health and especially if you have any other cats, to get them tested.

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