What is Hemobartonella?
by Miranda K. Workman, President and CEO, Purrfect Paws Animal Behavior Center, LLC <hhttp://broadcaster.catster.com/t?r=3&c=5420&l=37&ctl=18DDD:019CBE51CEB3799 E51B712D8EAAC5322&> Hemobartonella infections are relatively common in cats in North America. This mycoplasma resides on the surface of red blood cells and produces extravascular hemolytic anemia. Transmission of the parasite is thought to occur by blood-sucking arthropods such as fleas. Mothers can transmit the parasite to their offspring. Animals with this infection are often able to survive for some time, but any condition that could compromise their immune system can make them more susceptible to effects of the disease. I learned way too much about this condition after a mother cat succumbed to it after spay surgery compromised her immune system. Her kittens were tested immediately and they are positive too. Treatment is possible and we are hoping that tomorrow's bloodwork will reveal they are free from infection and are healthy enough to be adopted! Miranda K. Workman owns Purrfect Paws Animal Behavior Center, LLC <http://broadcaster.catster.com/t?r=3&c=5420&l=37&ctl=18DDD:019CBE51CEB3799E 51B712D8EAAC5322&> in New York _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org