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Feline Panleukopenia

By: Dr. Douglas Brum

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Optimal treatment for your pet requires a combination of home care and professional veterinary care. Follow-up can be critical, especially if your pet does not improve rapidly. Cats that recover from the acute illness generally do well, and are protected for life against future panleukopenia infections.

  • Administer all medications as directed. Alert your veterinarian if you are experiencing problems treating your pet.

  • Some cats may still have some diarrhea when they are sent home. These cats are usually feeling well and are not acting ill. The diarrhea should resolve as the intestinal lining recovers from the viral infection; this may take a week or longer in some cases.

  • Recovering cats are initially fed small, frequent meals throughout the day.

  • Special diets that are well tolerated by the gastrointestinal tract may also be used initially. These diets are usually given for several days; the cat's regular diet may be gradually reintroduced as the diarrhea resolves.

  • Repeat blood tests may be recommended. A follow-up CBC may be needed to check for improvement of an anemia or leukopenia. A biochemistry profile may be needed to recheck electrolytes, liver or kidney values.

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