Panleukopenia, popularly known as feline distemper, is a serious viral disease that causes the death of 60% of affected animals. The disease is transmitted by contact, and mainly kittens suffer from it.
Take care of your pet's health in advance. Plague is difficult to treat, so it is best to prevent it. There is a vaccination against panleukopenia that can be given to your animal at any veterinary clinic. The first vaccination of a kitten must be done at the age of 8 weeks, and revaccination is carried out at 12 weeks. Further, the animal must be vaccinated every year. Often the distemper vaccine is included in complex vaccines.
Determine your cat's symptoms. The animal becomes lethargic and inactive. With distemper, the cat does not eat and may even refuse water. The animal's body temperature rises (up to 41 ° and even higher), and symptoms of indigestion such as diarrhea and vomiting appear. The animal's secretions may contain blood. Feel your pet's belly - with panleukopenia, you can easily find enlarged lymph nodes. Look into the mouth of a cat: with distemper, the mucous membrane dries up and takes on a bluish tint.
See your veterinarian at the first warning signs. If you start qualified treatment in the early stages of the disease, the likelihood of a complete recovery of the animal is quite high.
Start self-treatment if you do not have the opportunity to see a specialist and you have some medical skills (know how to inject). With panleukopenia, symptomatic treatment is performed. In the early stages of the disease, the cat is injected with hyperimmune serum (the dosage of the drug depends on the age and weight of the animal - these data can be found in the veterinary reference book). Broad-spectrum antibiotics are injected to suppress the bacterial infection. To maintain the strength of the animal, a 5% glucose solution is injected intravenously. The cat is given antiemetics to reduce fluid loss. In addition, it is necessary to give the animal vitamins.