As yet another reminder about the importance of vaccination, The Australian Veterinary Association has received reports that there’s been a re-emergence of feline infectious enteritis (also known as feline parvovirus or feline panleukopenia).

This disease is highly contagious and is spread by contact with faeces, urine and blood from infected cats. Cats may seem lethargic, have a fever or suffer from diarrhoea and vomiting. It can cause death in a very short time in some cats.

Cats that do recover from the infection can continue to shed virus for at least six weeks. Therefore cats can still be a potential source of infection without demonstrating any clinical signs. Once shed, the virus can survive for months to years in the environment.You can read more information about the virus here.

The widespread use of effective vaccines has dramatically reduced the presence of this virus over the past 20 years. However recently, the virus has become more prevalent again, particularly in Victoria so it is VITAL that your cat’s vaccinations are up to date.

Call us today to check on your cat’s vaccination status. 

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