November FIV Focus

Free FIV Test During November

At the Templestowe Vet Clinic we believe that preventative care is vital to our fur friend’s health. Feline Immunodeficiency Virus is a condition that weakens a cat’s immune system, and outdoor cats who have a moderate to high risk of fighting with other cats may benefit from vaccinations against FIV. For the month of November, we will be offering

A single free FIV test for cats who meet this criteria and require an FIV vaccination.

If you think your cat may be a candidate, please call us for further information and to book. Alternatively, fill out a form here and we will be in contact with you.

*Terms and conditions apply. Please contact us to ask whether your cat is a candidate for this offer.

Further Information about FIV

Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), is one of the most recently discovered viruses of cats. It is the virus that causes feline AIDS, a disease similar to human AIDS, where the immune system is attacked and gradually weakened.

How does feline AIDS spread?

The virus is found in high levels in the cat’s saliva, and transmitted predominantly by bites, ie. an infected cat spreads the disease by biting an uninfected cat. Transmission can also occur by cats grooming each other and sharing food bowls. If an FIV positive cat is identified in a multi-cat household, a high proportion of the other cats in the household are likely to be infected.

What are the signs of FIV?

  • decreased appetite
    • weight loss
    • scruffy appearance
    • poor healing of wounds eg. abscesses
    • persistent or intermittent infections, eg. respiratory tract, urinary tract, skin, ears, eyes
    • persistent or intermittent diarrhoea
    • infections of mouth (stomatitis) and gums (gingivitis)
    • anaemia
    • behavioural changes due to neurological involvement

How can I tell if my cat has feline AIDS?

Diagnosis for feline AIDS is made by a single blood test, to detect antibodies to the virus.

Can feline AIDS be treated?

There is no specific treatment for feline AIDS. Treatment is supportive and symptomatic, generally directed at secondary infections as they arise. Weight loss is a major feature of many clinically affected FIV infected cats, and it is important to ensure adequate dietary intake. Feeding high energy convalescent diets containing “high quality” protein is beneficial.