ADVICE & CARE
Important information for all cat owners from Our Vet: Feline Parvo Virus Outbreak
Some of Melbourne’s leading animal welfare groups have reported an outbreak of Feline Infectious Enteritis (FIE), (also known as Feline Parvo or Feline Panleukopaenia) in the last two months.
Unfortunately for Australian cats and kittens, FIE has returned after being dormant for many years. Many veterinarians believed that the widespread vaccination against the virus had eradicated this highly contagious and very serious disease.
FIE can affect cats of any age, with kittens being most vulnerable. The disease has no cure and causes vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy and an inability to eat or drink. Sadly the disease leads to the death of many infected cats and kittens. This resilient disease can survive in the environment and remain infectious for up to a year, and be brought inside to indoor cats by flies and on particles on footwear. Every recently diagnosed case of FIE was either unvaccinated or had not completed their full course of vaccinations and annual boosters.
Because FIE is a viral disease, there is no cure available. Treatment involves intensive hospital-based supportive care from your veterinarian with intravenous fluids, good nursing and assisted feeding.
FIE is a preventable disease. Vaccination is a safe and effective way to prevent your cat from contracting this serious illness Our Vet recommends that vaccinations be first administered at 8 weeks of age. Booster vaccinations are repeated at 12 and 16 weeks of age. Adult cats should receive regular boosters. Make sure your details are up to date with Our Vet to ensure you receive your reminders. The FIE vaccination is combined with other disease vaccines such as cat flu for broader protection. Learn about other vaccinations for your cat here.
Your local Our Vet team can answer any questions you have regarding Feline Infectious Enteritis, including your cat’s vaccination status. If you would like us to check your cat’s vaccination history with another veterinarian, let us know and we will ensure your cat is brought up to date to defend against the outbreak of this disease.