Feline Distemper (Panleukopenia) is a viral disease affecting domestic cats and all other felids (e.g., lions, tigers, and other wild cats), as well as raccoons, and mink. Feline Distemper usually affects kittens that are less than one year of age. However, kittens that are born to affected queens (infected in utero) or infected very shortly after birth may display tremors, have a very high stepping gait, stand with their feet very far apart, or even fall down while standing or walking.
The feline distemper virus is shed in all body secretions and excretions of affected animals. Recovered animals may shed the virus for months. Fleas and other insects, especially flies, may play a role in transmission of the disease. The route of infection is either inhalation or ingestion of infective material by a susceptible host. Feline distemper virus affects all rapidly dividing cells including cells of the intestinal mucosa, bone marrow, and reticuloendothelial system.
Feline distemper diagnosis is made from clinical signs and demonstration of an extremely low white blood cell count. Confirmation of the diagnosis can be made by detection of virus particles in the feces.
The current veterinarian treatment for feline distemper consists of intravenous fluids or plasma and transfusions may be given. Because of the low white blood cell counts, animals are particularly susceptible to other infections, so antibiotics are given to treat or attempt to prevent secondary infections. Younger kittens and animals with very low white blood cell counts have much less chance of surviving the disease.
We recommend giving Vibactra Plusï¿½ in conjunction with the Kitty-DT remedy. Vibactra Plusï is designed to work on viral and bacterial infections, so it will help eliminate the distemper virus, plus prevent secondary infections.
Panleukopenia destroys tissues in the body including white blood cells. This leaves the kitten open for growth of bacteria or viruses.
It helps to suppress viral and bacterial infections while a kitten is in this susceptible state. Vitamin C can be given along with the Kitty-DT and Vibactra Plus. For large cats 250 milligrams Vitamin C per hour and for kittens 100 milligrams Vitamin C per hour while the cat is in the feverish state will help to build the immune system back up.
Once the fever is down and the kitten can hold down food, you can start feeding solid food. Raw beef or chicken liver for 2-3 days is a tonic for cats. We find our cats prefer chicken liver to beef liver. Avoid chilling for several days afterwards and continue with the Kitty-DT four times per day, Vibactra Plus twice a day and Vitamin C twice a day for up to 10 days to prevent a relapse.
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