Re: [Felvtalk] FeLV testing protocols

2010-09-27 Thread Edna Taylor

I had a single kitten with ringworm so bad that she even lost her whiskers and 
we called her PJ for Piranha Jane because all she did was bite bite bite bite ;)
 
 Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2010 23:30:56 -0400
 From: maxgoodb...@gmail.com
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] FeLV testing protocols
 
 Hi Georgetta,
 Yup, I understand how bitey an unsocialized singleton can be! My arms
 were SO scratched up from my first positive that lived in quarantine
 from 6-12 weeks. Others here may have better references, but I found
 one article that says that the time between infection and testing
 positive is normally 2-8 weeks. If funds allowed, perhaps one snap
 test when the litters are combined, and another prior to adoption?
 May not be practical or affordable for a real rescue, I've just done
 my private little rescues and kept more (10 total, 2 now deceased)
 than I've managed to adopt out (7). I'll see what other references I
 can find in the morning...
 
 Good night,
 Beth N.
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] FeLV testing protocols

2010-09-27 Thread Beth Noren
Georgetta,
Here are more links that I could find on when to test, somewhat
contradictory.  Since the Elisa looks for antigens, not antibodies,
you can test as young as you like without worrying about maternal
antibodies interfering.  But, since the virus needs some time to
incubate (I'm seeing anywhere from 2-9 weeks mentioned) the earlier
you test, the greater a risk you run of getting a false negative.
Maybe decide based on risk factors, quarantining those from colonies
with a history of positives, those from hoarders, the runts, and
sickies as long as possible, and quickly socializing those born to
indoor only cats in small number homes (oops litters, or the I just
wanted the kids to see the miracle of birth babies)?  Most cats are
adopted out as negative on the basis of just one test, and most
adopters don't retest, so there are probably a lot of positives
slipping through already anyway.

Beth

http://www.winnfelinehealth.org/Pages/FeLV_Web.pdf

“Vaccination for FeLV does not affect test results since the tests are
for viral antigens, not antibodies. Kittens can be tested at any age
because maternal immunity does not interfere with testing.”


http://www.cpvh.com/Articles/17.html


“Diagnosis is made by clinical signs and a positive blood test.
Testing is recommended for kittens at least 8-9 weeks of age, all
stray cats, and ill cats.  Because of the incubation period and also
the cat’s ability to fight off the disease, it is recommended to
perform two tests at least two months apart.  A new kitten or stray
cat could be incubating FeLV, and if tested too early in the disease,
will receive a false negative result on the test.”



http://www.vet.uga.edu/vpp/clerk/iyer/index.php

“Viremia is usually evident 2-4 weeks after FeLV infection.”



http://www.felineleukemia.org/felvhlth.html

Chart for testing protocols which recommends final testing be done 90
days post exposure, if possible.  Also gives different protocols based
on known versus unknown exposure history.

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Re: [Felvtalk] FeLV testing protocols

2010-09-27 Thread dlgegg
i did not try to bring in my ferals until they had accepted me.  i have a cat 
house on the deck for them to sleep in andi put out food until they don't run 
and then i start holding food in my hand and letting them approach me.  at 
first they snatch and run, but eventually they learn to trust and let me 
scratch their chin.  from then on, they are mine.  it usually takes about 6 - 8 
months.  then i bring them in and when they are at ease, we go to the vet.
 Beth Noren maxgoodb...@gmail.com wrote: 
 Hi Georgetta,
 Yup, I understand how bitey an unsocialized singleton can be!  My arms
 were SO scratched up from my first positive that lived in quarantine
 from 6-12 weeks.  Others here may have better references, but I found
 one article that says that the time between infection and testing
 positive is normally 2-8 weeks.  If funds allowed, perhaps one snap
 test when the litters are combined, and another prior to adoption?
 May not be practical or affordable for a real rescue, I've just done
 my private little rescues and kept more (10 total, 2 now deceased)
 than I've managed to adopt out (7).  I'll see what other references I
 can find in the morning...
 
 Good night,
 Beth N.
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] FeLV testing protocols

2010-09-26 Thread Beth Noren
Hi Georgetta,
Yup, I understand how bitey an unsocialized singleton can be!  My arms
were SO scratched up from my first positive that lived in quarantine
from 6-12 weeks.  Others here may have better references, but I found
one article that says that the time between infection and testing
positive is normally 2-8 weeks.  If funds allowed, perhaps one snap
test when the litters are combined, and another prior to adoption?
May not be practical or affordable for a real rescue, I've just done
my private little rescues and kept more (10 total, 2 now deceased)
than I've managed to adopt out (7).  I'll see what other references I
can find in the morning...

Good night,
Beth N.

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