Panleukopenia info (also known as Pan Leuk)

Pan Leukopenia Information

 aka Pan Leuk

Symptoms, treatment and preventing

Jane Garrison




* This is a VERY serious and deadly virus. Do not take it lightly. Cats and kittens can survive it but you MUST act quickly when you see the symptoms. If an unvaccinated cat has had contact with a cat with pan leuk or a surface (i.e carrier, cage, etc.) you must start treatment PRIOR to symptoms.

* Symptoms include not eating, fever and vomiting.

* Mostly in kittens but can be in adults.

* Cats should not be vaccinated if they recently were exposed to the virus. A vaccination can make it worse since a vaccination is a small amount of the virus you are vaccinating against.

* Pan leuk can be transmitted from surfaces. Cats do not need to come in direct contact with other cats. This can make it an epidemic in shelters. In addition, if not disinfected properly it can remain active on a surface for 1 year.

* You MUST disinfect any and all surfaces with either bleach/water (8 to 1 ratio) or Trifectant (can buy through Victor Medical 1800-854-6152). Both must sit on surface for 10 mins before rinsing.

* Pan Leuk can be carried on your clothes, shoes, hands, etc. You must completely change clothes and shoes and disinfect hands prior to touching another cat.

* Cats who have had vaccinations against pan leuk are less likely to become infected.

* Pan Leuk is confirmed through a feline parvo test.

* If your cat is showing symptoms, IMMEDIATELY get the cat tested and follow the protocol we used below. Some vets are not familiar with the use of Tamiflu in cats but you MUST use tamiflu…it is what can save your cat.

Outline of what happen with our cat Longtail (includes what medswe gave him, how he responded, etc.) and how he survived Pan Leuk

October 28, 2007

Longtail woke at 3am vomiting. He vomited 4-5 times. I immediately took him to the emergency vet (Dr. Adams). He had a temp of 104 and tested positive on the feral parvo test. His overall white blood count was normal at 6 but one section, the lymphocytes, was very low. We started him on 100ml of sub-q fluids twice a day. We were adding Baytril into the sub-q port 2 times a day and reglan (anti-nausea). We also gave him metraondizole by mouth. We started him on the double dose of tamiflu (mix one cap with 8ml of water and 2ml of karo syrup. The dosage is .125 per pound once mixed) 3ml twice a day. We also started all our other cats on tamiflutwice a day and made sure they were all eating every meal. All day Longtail slept and generally felt horrible. No vomiting or diarrhea today. Did not eat or drink all day.

October 29, 2007

Continued with all of the above meds/fluids, etc. Longtail would throw up after the metronxzidle so we discontinued it. No interest in food or water. He felt bad all day. At 7pm he vomited. About 8 pm he ate two mouthfuls of dry food.

October 30, 2007

Continued with above medications/fluids. He ate a few mouthfuls of food and generally was feeling better. Took him to Dr. Adams tonight and his white cell level was down to 3. Dr. Adams said it could have been even lower the day before so we do not know for sure if it is going up or down. No fever any longer. Dr. Adams decided to add another antibiotic (penicillin) and Vitamin B to the Sub fluids. When we got home from the vet we gave him the addition of the penicillin in the sub-q port. He immediately started twitching, opening and closing his mouth and acting paranoid. He was also very itchy and cried most of the night. Dr. Adams said to only give him the meds in the morning not the fluids. He finally pooped today.

October 31, 2007

Gave meds. Reaction not as bad but acting uneasy after the meds. Ate small amount of food. Decided to start using only regular fluids and not fluids with vit b. Again he felt bad after the meds.

November 1, 2007

Gave all meds. In pm he felt HORRIBLE after meds and threw up and had diarrhea. However, still eating.

November 2, 2007

Went back to Dr. Adams in the evening. White blood cell count around 4.5. Agreed that Longtail must be allergic to penicillin. Dr. Adams said to keep on the baytril for at least 5 more days. Also said to give fluids for another 48 hours and then stop. Said to return for white blood cell count on the 7th. Longtail felt SO much better today not having the penicillin.

November 3, 2007

Gave baytril, fluids and tamiflu. Feeling great today.

November 4, 2007

Feeling great today.Only gave baytril and tamiflu.

November 5, 2007

Feeling great

November 6, 2007

Feeling great!

November 7, 2007

Longtail beat Pan Leuk!!!!


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