What is the feline combo test?
What is the SNAP FIV/FeLV Combo Test? The SNAP® FIV/FeLV Combo Test screens cats for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) antibody and feline leukemia virus (FeLV) antigen.
When should I test my cats combo?
We recommend testing every new kitten or cat to your home before vaccinating for this disease. Also, we recommend retesting 6 months later or every year at their annual wellness appointment to be sure of a negative result.
How much does it cost to test a cat for feline leukemia?
A FeLV/FIV test is just $40 for both cats and kittens at any of our locations. The test can be given on its own, or added on to any of our other services. We also offer the Leukemia vaccine bundled with the FeLV/FIV test starting at $55.
At what age should kittens be tested for FeLV FIV?
The antibodies of these retroviruses can be passed from infected mothers through nursing and will pass through the kitten in time. Kittens should only be tested if they are above 8 months of age.
How accurate are feline leukemia tests?
IDEXX showed 100% specificity. 3 true positives + 4.5 false positives More than 5 million cats across the U.S. are affected by feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), placing them at risk for disease and premature death. 1 These are preventable, contagious retroviruses.
What is the combo vaccine for cats?
Commonly called the “distemper” shot , this combination vaccine protects against three diseases: feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia (sometimes called “feline distemper”). Rabies. Rabies virus is fatal and all mammals, including humans, are susceptible to infection.
Can a cat test negative for FeLV and still have it?
FeLV is a complex disease; cats that test negative on an in-house test may still be infected and later show signs of disease. Cats can also test transiently positive and later test negative. In some cases, it is thought the virus may still be present but the clinical significance of this is not yet fully understood.
Should a cat with feline leukemia be put down?
A cat who tests positive for FeLV at a veterinary clinic or shelter should not be euthanized unless she is already ill or suffering beyond what can be treated. FeLV testing should be done with a plan to help the cat if she tests positive, not to end her life.
Which is worse FeLV or FIV?
Feline Leukemia (FeLV) is much more devastating than FIV. This is because FeLV typically results in cancer (e.g., lymphoma), leukemia (e.g., cancer of the bone marrow or circulating white and red blood cells), and severe bone marrow suppression (e.g. anemia) in young cats.
How common is a false positive feline leukemia test?
If you test 1000 cats you will see that 17 out of the 47 cats that test positive do not actually have FeLV. That means that over 36% of positive results are actually false positives. In areas with a prevalence lower than 3% the number of false positives increases.