Feline Leukemia Treatment

What Feline Leukemia treatment options are out there?

Feline leukemia is a deadly virus of which there are a number of different strains. There are various tests that can be carried out to determine the presence of this disease.

Even though there is no cure for this deadly virus, you can help your cat by using a feline leukemia treatment that will help ease his pain and make him more comfortable.

Here are a few of the treatments that are available:

  • Antibiotics for secondary bacterial infections
  • Blood transfusions
  • Chemotherapy to treat tumors
  • Dietary supplements

Drugs that are used to treat feline leukemia

  • Immunoregulin
  • Acemannan
  • Interferon Alpha
  • Lympho T-Cell
  • Immune Modulator - for immune system
  • Staph Protein A
  • Holistics

The drug Lymphocyte T-Cell Immune Modulator (LTCI) is given to cats in 3 doses with a second dose given 7 days after the first. The third is given 14 days after the first.

Monthly injections of this drug can be given. Blood tests must be done routinely to check lymphocyte and red blood cells.

70% of cats are able to fight the virus before any symptoms develop, and are able to live normal lives.

30% of infected cats that are not immune are persistently viremic, and may live on for months or even years. However, over 50% of these cats die within a couple of years.

The best thing you can do for your cat is to help prevent him from contracting feline leukemia.

Do this by taking your cat to the vet to get vaccinated. Though they are not 100% effective, it is still a good idea to have this done. After exposure to FeLV, a cat may develop a short lived infection, but they will rarely develop the disease.

Kittens should be vaccinated at 9 to 10 weeks of age, then again 3 to 4 weeks later. After that, vaccinate your cat yearly.

If you happen to have a cat that has become infected, be sure to keep him isolated from other cats and keep him inside.

If you have had a cat that has died from FeLV, it is important to thoroughly clean and disinfect all of his items, including bedding, food bowls, litter trays etc, before you bring another cat into the house.

What to do if you have an infected cat, but also have other cats in the house:

  • Find a home where the infected cat will be the only cat
  • Isolate the cat within the home
  • Disinfect all items that he has come into contact with
  • Euthanasia (Putting cat to sleep painlessly)

A crucial thing to remember is to keep up with regular dental care in FeLV positive cats: Make sure you clean their teeth and mouth properly. Infected cats are more likely to develop periodontal disease which can lead to more problems.

If your cat's gums start to bleed, bacteria can enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body. This could damage the kidneys, heart, liver and lungs. As part of the feline leukemia treatment make sure you keep on top of your cat's dental hygiene.

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