At Kangaroo Flat Vet Clinic we recommend that all pet dogs, cats and rabbits be vaccinated against major preventable infectious diseases. Unlike most bacterial infections, viruses are very difficult to treat and specific anti-viral treatments are generally not available. Vaccines contain antigens which to the immune system “look” like the organism but don’t, ideally, cause disease. Unlike FCV, there is effectively only one strain of FHV, so vaccination is not complicated by the existence of different strains. Frequently, the feline patient with suspected pancreatitis has concurrent disease, making the diagnosis of pancreatitis more difficult. Canine distemper is less common now in the UK due to vaccination programmes. There are several types of herpes virus to infect humans but they are not the same as feline herpes.
Symptoms are depression, loss of appetite, uncontrollable vomiting and diarrhoea, often with blood and severe abdominal pain. Inhaling aerosol droplets sneezed or coughed out by other, infected cats is the most common cause of infection. However, because of the serious nature of the disease and the continued presence of virus in the environment, vaccination is highly recommended for all cats. Com: Is the condition contagious between cats, or between cats and humans or other species? Scientific support for the ingestion of a high fat meal or concurrent use of Glucocorticoids as causative agents of feline pancreatitis is lacking. Infectious canine hepatitis is caused by canine adenovirus which is spread from infected dogs in their urine, stools and saliva. Equine herpesvirus 8 Equine herpesvirus 9 Feline herpesvirus 1 causes feline viral rhinotracheitis and keratitis in cats.
Kittens are more severely affected by Chlamydia when also infected with “Cat Flu”, and Chlamydia can be shed for many months. re-homing, boarding, new family member, early weaning. Rabies Virus Vaccine: Rabies is an increasing threat to cats. Also, the feline herpesvirus is not the same as the human virus. They are only activated in the intestine, by trypsin, following the cleavage of trypsinogen by enterokinase. The infectious agents damage and irritate the lining of the wind pipe (trachea) and upper respiratory tract resulting in coughing. As is the case with human herpes simplex viruses, latency reactivation can result in recrudescence, which can manifest itself in the form of serious ocular lesions.
Canine Parvovirus Canine parvovirus is a disease that affects dogs of all ages but is most serious in young pups and older dogs. A test is available and needs to be conducted whilst the cat is showing clinical signs (shedding). Cats living in households with FeLV-infected cats or with cats of unknown infection status are also at risk. Recently more virulent strains of FCV have been identified in the USA and UK. Siamese cats are over-represented. Feline leukaemia virus belongs to a group of viruses known as oncornaviruses which have the ability to cause tumour development in infected individuals. This may also be due to differences in the virulence of the viral strains used in each study, C-27 versus SGE 30.
Muscle tremors, fits and paralysis usually occur later in the disease. So if you can provide a happy stable life for your cat flu carrier, it is unlikely it will ever be a problem. (the strain of virus that occurs naturally and can cause disease, not the vaccine strain), never show signs of disease, become carriers of the wild virus, and continue to shed the wild virus. Vet and Human Health versions too! Abdominal discomfort, an abdominal mass, respiratory difficulty, and ataxia are inconsistently reported. Myxomatossis, a type of pox virus, is usually transmitted from infected rabbits by insects. Two feline calicivirus strains may produce a transient limping syndrome without mouth sores or pneumonia.
Dogs that recover may develop long term liver and kidney problems and can act as carriers spreading the disease to other dogs for many months. Cattery attendants can watch more closely for clinical signs, discomfort or illness before they become a problem. While both testing the activity of acyclovir against FHV-1 strain 727 on CRFK cells, Nasisse et al. The feline Herpes virus is not the same strain as the human one, and it is not contagious to people, or vice versa. It has been established that the appearance of the pancreatic duct changes with age in healthy cats. All pets receive a complete physical examination at the time of vaccination. Although avian (bird) flu virus (strain H5N1) can infect cats, it is not a major or common infection at this time and its inclusion on this page is more to answer the many questions being asked at present, than because it is a serious threat to cats.
It is my view that any threat to either cats or humans from avian flu N5N1 virus is being seriously over-dramatised by the media. Feline calicivirus (FCV) and feline herpesvirus (FHV) are the two viruses commonly associated with cat flu.