Dr Chris comments on Deadly Cat Virus Re-Emerging in Sydney

The re-emergence of a deadly cat virus is a crucial reminder about the importance of making sure your pets vaccinations are up to date.

Our very own Dr Chris commented on an In the Cove article to help spread awareness.

There has been a lot of concern around Sydney about an outbreak of a highly contagious cat disease which causes vomiting and diarrhea, fever, lethargy, anorexia and even death. The culprit as diagnosed by the University of Sydney is FPV or Feline panleukopenia virus, which spreads quickly in unvaccinated cats in particularly in kittens less than 6 months of age. Unvaccinated adult cats can also be infected. 

Thankfully, current vaccination protocols can prevent this disease and at this stage, we have not seen an outbreak amongst the Lane Cove feline population. An F3 or F4 vaccination typically covers against FPV. At Lane Cove Veterinary Hospital, we recommend kitten vaccinations from 6-8 weeks every three to four weeks until 16 weeks or older. A booster is required annually to cross-protect against the virus. 

There is also evidence that the canine parvovirus can also cause this disease in cats so it is also recommended to vaccinate dogs that your cat may come in contact with to reduce the risk of infection. 

If you have recently adopted your kitten or cat from a shelter, your veterinarian may recommend extra boosters in the event of an outbreak. 

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