Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor
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Infectious Disease

Anemia from Feline Leukemia Virus Infection

Animals Affected – Cat

General Information
Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a common cause of abnormally low numbers of red blood cells (anemia) in cats. As many as 70% of cats with anemia test positive for FeLV.

While FeLV causes more than one kind of anemia, non-regenerative anemia is probably the most serious. In this type of anemia, the virus destroys the parent cells of red blood cells, and new red blood cells are not produced. The life span of a normal feline red blood cell is about 75 days. As these cells die of old age, the absence of new cell production results in a progressive anemia.

Non-regenerative anemia frequently occurs in relatively young (2- to 3-year-old) cats. While occasionally a cat with FeLV-induced non-regenerative anemia recovers, treatment is usually not curative. However, prompt, aggressive therapy can often extend life and improve patient comfort.

An Important Update From Animal & Bird Medical Center On COVID-19

We are committed to offering a safe and healthy environment for our clients, pets and hospital team here at Animal and Bird Medical Center. The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus. Taking typical preventive actions is key.

In being cautious and mindful of everyone’s safety, we are actively working to minimize your exposure to crowded exam rooms and long waits in the lobby.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to our protocols in-hospital for the time-being…

In order to limit exposure while still providing quality care for your pet, we will be implementing special protocols to keep you safe.

We will have our veterinary technicians get a history of the patient’s symptoms and owner’s concerns via phone prior to coming into the clinic.

Our goal is for you to be able to bring your pet in for medical care but have no risk for you or our dedicated staff of transmitting the COVID-19 virus.

The Doctors and staff are dedicated to making sure your pet’s medical needs are taken care of during this national crisis.

We can still fill prescriptions for pick up, however, for those who prefer, non-narcotic and non-urgent prescriptions can be mailed to your home.

As always, careful hand-washing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease.