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Subject: [feral-cat-chat] Interesting information  about the Felv Snap 


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From:  "Val Garcia" <> 
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2011 16:15:08 -0400
To: Val Garcia<>
Subject: [DC-Rescue] . Some very interesting information  about the Felv Snap 
Very very interesting about the Snap test….  I wonder how many have 
unnecessarily put to sleep…

I just learned some very interesting information about FELV.  ???  had three 
cats test positive for it, when they knew that it was very unlikely ( neither 
the mother nor any of the other kittens in the litter tested positive, after 
repeated tests and they had the mother with them for a while before birth. One 
of the vet volunteers followed up. She had blood drawn at Caring Hands Vet and 
sent to Auburn University College of Veterinary medicine Pathology Diagnostic 
Services , which does some different tests, at about $30 cost.

Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Pathobiology Diagnostic 
services says that the Idexx SNAP test can cause a positive result because some 
cats have a reaction to the cat serum in the test. They did two other tests on 
all three cats using a blood test called IFA as well as by another ELISA test 
called Symbiotics Viracheck. All three cats tested negative on both tests. And 
they concluded that they had reacted to the serum used in the Idexx SNAP test!!

Also we should get the word out that the Idexx tests can cause false positives>

The number of the Auburn   University facility is 334-844-2690


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