The FIV Ab/FeLV Ag Combo Rapid Test is a combined cassette to differentially diagnose the presence of Feline Immunodeficiency antibody and Feline Leukemia Virus antigen in cat’s blood specimen.
Assay Time: 5-10 minutes
Specimen: Serum, plasma or whole blood
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) are two important immune system diseases which affect domestic cat’s populations worldwide. FIV can attach the immune system of cats, like the human immunodeficiency virus. IV is not typically fatal for cats, as the infected ones can live relatively healthy as carriers and transmitters for many years. Veterinarians will check the history and clinical signs, testing the FIV antibodies with a blood test. Vaccinated cats and young kittens may have false positive antibodies but no virus in their blood. Early detection helps maintain the cat’s health and prevents spreading infection to other cat. But FeLV has a wide range of effects but usually the development of lymphomas is considered as the final stage. Cats can pass the virus between themselves though saliva or close contact, biting, even possibly via food dish used by an infected. The fatal diseases are leukemia, lymphomas and non-regenerative anemias. There is no known cure for the FeLV virus infection. Immunological detection method such as ELISA testing and lateral flow testing are useful tool to diagnose FIV and FeLV infection in practice.