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important FIV news

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Posted by: PHCatByte at Mon Nov 13 14:30:59 2006  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by PHCatByte ]  
   

the vaccine for FIV causes any cat that receives it to test positive, forever, on both snap and western blot tests. since most shelters/rescues, as well as many vets, automatically euthanize a cat based on a single snap test (which research has shown to have a very high false-positive rate to start with), not only are homeless cats dying, any vaccinated housecat that gets lost and into the shelter system faces a death sentence as well.

for years, they've been trying to come up with a DNA test that is reliable and valid, to distinquish between the "wild" strains of the FIV virus and the strain that is a result of having been vaccinated.

UC Davis is now offering that test, for FREE (there are shipping and handling costs, as well as possible expense incurred in drawing the blood samples.)

this is incredible news, and information that any owner, shelter, rescue and vet should know! there are lots of FIV cats who may not really have the virus but were vaccinated in their former lives, and there are many more who can now be saved with this testing.

(am i excited? ya think?)

here's the link to the UC Davis info--the text info about the test itself is down below the price schedule.


DNA Testing for Vaccine-Induced FIV


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