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FIV

Species: cat | Category: medical-surgical | Submitted: 3 May 2009 05:19PM | viewed 4317 times
Q Andrea asks:

My 10 year old cat was dribbling a lot and also had swollen lymph glands. I visited the vet and was told he had some rotten teeth that may have to be removed. Also they wanted to test him for FIV. He was put on antibiotics for one week. Then I took him for his FIV test and dental treatment. The vet phoned me to say he had FIV so they were not going to do the dental treatment. Another ten days of antibiotics then I see the vet again. Does this look bad for my cat? Why not do the dental treatment? I'm worried as my cat is still dribbling and his head twitches when eating.

Q Our vet says: FIV is like human AIDs and is quite serious. It means that your cat will be very prone to infections of all kinds since the immune system will not be as effective as it should be. Your vet will have had sensible reasons for not going ahead with the dental treatment and it may well be that in this situation it is not in your cat's best interests to do so. Keep in close contact with your vet so that together you can help your cat as much as possible.

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