Spike for Blood Disorders in Cats |
The British veterinary profession is trying to find the cause and cure for a blood disease in cats called feline pancytopenia.
There has been a spike in cases since May with 394 cases reported in a matter of weeks to the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), which estimates there are many more unreported cases in the community.
Unfortunately, there was a 67% death rate in cats notified to RVC.
Based on the evidence gathered to date, the RVC suspects that there is a toxic basis for the disease, but the actual toxin is unknown and, therefore, so is the antidote.
As a precaution, following Food Standards Agency guidelines, pet food manufacturers have started recalling some of their products, including well-known brands such as Applaws dry cat food, the Pets line. at Home AVA.
There is a suspected link between these foods and cats that experienced pancytopenia, although it has not been definitively established.
Pancytopenia is a rare disease of the bone marrow in which the number of the main types of blood cells (white, red, and platelets) decreases rapidly, causing serious illness and, in many cases, death.
Cats with this disease may appear more tired than usual and may give up their food; and one of the more specific early signs is bleeding from the mouth, nose or intestines.
Cat owners who have used the recalled products have been urged to immediately stop using the food and dispose of it safely in household garbage.
They should then take the packaging to the retailer who provided the food for a refund, and they can also contact pet food manufacturers for brand-specific information and advice.
If a cat owner is concerned about their pet, they should contact their veterinarian who will be able to examine the cat and establish if there is a need for further investigations such as blood tests.
A complete blood count will not only reassure a cat owner, but it will detect cats that may be asymptomatic.
The RVC is asking veterinarians to complete a survey, which includes a cat diet analysis, for all animals they treat with feline pancytopenia so that it can continue to investigate the cause of the sudden increase in case.
We are happy to report that all cats and kittens in our cattery are healthy, showing no signs of feline pancytopenia, and that our placement rates continue to be excellent. We have a new boy on the adoption pages of our website – Freddie Purrcury.
Like his namesake, Freddie is very vocal and a bit of a show off, although he can be a bit shy at first.
He is affectionate and sociable, but he does not like that dogs have lived with them before in a less than harmonious way.
He would suit a rural home better because he grew up on a farm and is used to being able to move around freely.
Freddie is only two years old, so he has a whole life ahead of him with his happy adopters.
He wants to free himself from the cattery as quickly as possible so that he can bring a little bohemian rhapsody to his new family, and show them a crazy little thing called love …
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