Diane D. Addie

  • Webinar recorded on Sat 21st January, 2017
  • 1 hours 02 mins
  • 1 Comment

It’s almost automatic to reach for the FeLV / FIV test when we are faced with a sick cat, but is it useful or are we wasting our time, the client’s money and valuable blood sample which could be better used? In the UK, the prevalence of FeLV is below 1%, so most tests are negative and if we find a positive there’s a 50% chance it’s a false positive result. Worse yet, a misunderstanding of PCR tests in FeLV can result in perfectly healthy, FeLV immune, cats being euthanased. Many studies have shown that FIV infected cats live as long as uninfected cats: again, is this a case of the test causing more deaths than the virus?

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