Species affected: Cats
Background: The virus may take many forms and has a myriad of expressions in the body. The disease process may appear as an immune suppression causing chronic illnesses and infections, or as leukemia or lymphoma. Some animals may acquire the virus only to have it remain in a latent state and cause no noticeable symptoms.
Symptoms: Initially, immune deficiency with non-specific signs are seen, such as fever, weight loss, diarrhea, and constant respiratory infection. In severe forms, there is extreme immune weakness, suppression of the white blood cells, anemia, and death; or leukemia or lymphoma (often affecting the intestines, although it can arise anywhere).
Diagnostics: Testing for the virus is available, as well as vaccination products, but no one test is fully diagnostic. Vaccine protocols do not guarantee total protection.
Special Notes: The disease is only mildly infectious but may be more readily contracted by an animal with an already weakened immune system. Direct contact with an infected animal is necessary.
Principles for Supplementation: Immune system support is critical while using herbal products to reduce the viral load.