The Pulse Of Veterinary Medicine
Vet-To-Vet Conversation With IDEXX
Author archive: Melissa Beall, DVM, PhD
Tick encounters are increasingly hard to avoid. After all, these eight-legged blood suckers are spreading diseases throughout the United States. To protect our pets and ourselves, we need to stay alert to the risks right under our noses. That means regularly screening pets—including asymptomatic or seemingly healthy ones—to identify exposure to infected ticks.
More than 5 million cats across the U.S. are affected by feline leukemia virus (FeLV) or feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), placing them at risk for disease and premature death.1 These are preventable, contagious retroviruses. Identifying and segregating infected cats is the key to controlling the spread of disease. As a result, positive cats are often euthanized based upon the results of a pet-side test.