Infectious Diseases in Cats. Practical Guide

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Infectious Diseases in Cats. Practical Guide

Infectious Diseases In Cats. Practical Guide

By Juanjo Vega Guerrero and Valentina Aybar Rodríguez

Infectious Diseases in Cats. Practical Guide addresses the main feline infectious diseases that are usually seen in daily veterinary practice and includes all the existing updates regarding the diagnostic approach and management of these conditions. Its main aim is to provide highly practical information in order to offer a new perspective, different from other textbooks, about the current infectious diseases in cats.

Table of Contents

1. Feline panleukopaenia
Aetiology
Pathogenesis and clinical signs
Subclinical infection
Sudden death
Classic feline enteritis
Neurologic signs
Laboratory diagnosis
Treatment
Supportive care
Specific antiviral therapy
Prevention
Vaccination
Sanitary period
Hyperimmune sera
Feline interferon ω
Prognosis
Frequent questions
Case Studies
Case study 1: Peteto
Case study 2: Ra and his two littermates
2. Feline infectious peritonitis
Aetiology and pathogenesis
Diagnostic tests for FIP
Indirect tests
Direct test
Treatment
Immunity and prevention
References
Case studies
3. Upper respiratory tract infections
Clinical signs
Pathogenic agents
Feline calicivirus (FCV)
Feline herpesvirus type 1 (FHV-1)
Chlamydophila felis
Diagnosis
Treatment
Supportive care
Antibiotics
Antiviral treatments
Prevention
References
Case studies
4. Lower respiratory tract infections
Clinical signs
Diagnostic tests
Haematology
Biochemistry
Radiology
Bronchoalveolar lavage
Transtracheal aspiration
Fine-needle aspiration
Cytology
Microbiological tests
LRTI-causing bacteria
Mycoplasmas
Bordetella bronchiseptica
Streptococcus spp.
Escherichia coli
Pasteurella spp.
Salmonella spp.
Mycobacterium spp.
Other bacteria
LRTI-causing parasites
Aelurostrongylus abstrusus
Eucoleus aerophilus
Toxoplasma gondii
LRTI-causing fungi
LRTI-causing viruses
Feline calicivirus
Feline herpesvirus
Pyothorax
Causes
Clinical signs
Diagnostic tests
Other diagnostic imaging tests
Diagnosis
Treatment
Prognosis
References
5. Feline immunodeficiency virus
Epidemiology
Pathogenesis
Clinical signs
Diagnosis
Virus isolation
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
Serology
Treatment
Supportive care
Antiviral treatment
Vaccination
References
Case studies
6. Feline leukaemia virus
Epidemiology
Pathogenesis
Immunocompetent cat
Immuncompromised cat
Clinical signs
Immunodepression
Anaemia
Cancer
Diagnosis
Virus isolation
ELISA (p 27)
Immunochromatography
Immunofluorescent antibody test (IFA)
PCR for detection of provirus (DNA-PCR)
PCR for detection of viral RNA (RNA-PCR)
Serology
Interpretation of test results
Management of the infection
Immunomodulators
Antiviral drugs
Prevention
References
Case studies
7. Intestinal protozoa of cat
Giardia
Clinical signs
Diagnosis
Treatment
Tritrichomonas foetus
Clinical signs
Diagnosis
Treatment
Prevention
Toxoplasma gondii
Clinical signs
Diagnosis
Treatment
Cystoisospora
Clinical signs
Diagnosis
Treatment
Cryptosporidium felis
Clinical signs
Diagnosis
Treatment
References
Recommended reading

APPENDICES
Appendix 1. Fluid therapy
Physical examination
Treatment
Appendix 2. Vascular access routes
Central venous catheters
Intraosseous access
Appendix 3. Feeding in critical situations
Parenteral nutrition
Appendix 4. Blood transfusion
Donor selection
Adverse reactions associated with blood group
Collection of blood from donor
Transfusion volume
Administration
Adverse transfusion reactions
Appendix 5. Punctures and drainage devices
Thoracocentesis
Thoracic drainage
Abdominocentesis
References
Appendix 6. Feline oral disease
Clinical signs
Major oral diseases of cat
References
Appendix 7. When to stop treatment
End of life
How can I know if my cat is suffering?
References
Appendix 8. Vaccination
Types of vaccines
Vaccination guidelines
References

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