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"After having my pets cared for by Dr. Price in Houston, DFW area, and now Abilene, I have to say she offers the Best Pet Care Anywhere!"

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Windmill Animal Hospital
2 Windmill Circle
(@ S. Clack, just north of
Regional Medical Center)

Abilene, TX 79606

325-698-VETS (8387)
325-698-8391 (fax)
info@windmillvet.com
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"We're new to town and read the reviews for Dr Price and decided to Windmill a go. So happy we did! Their whole office from the front desk to the treatment and meeting Dr Price was 5 Star all the way! I know our babies will be well taken care of! I even had a technician help me out to the car which made my day as I had my hands FULL! Would recommend to anyone! "

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"This is the best vet in Abilene! I have tried countless other veterinary clinics and Windmill out-does them all. They value my pet and my experience more than my money, and they are always showing care and compassion to both my dog and me. They even call after every appointment, just to check-up and make sure we're doing okay! AMAZING service and incredible people!"

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FELINE LEUKEMIA, SECOND VAC

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Our records show your kitten/cat is due to be administered a Feline Leukemia Virus Vaccine. Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is one of the three long-term, incurable viral diseases of cats. FeLV infection is responsible for more deaths among cats than any other infectious disease, making it the most devastating feline disease worldwide. In the United States, FeLV infects about 2% to 3% of all cats. Since there are 70 million cats in the United States, this means there are more than 2.3 million cats suffering from this disease right now! The virus affects domestic cats and occurs in some wild felines as well.

Tom cats are 1.7 times more likely to be infected than females, and outdoor cats are 5 times more likely to be infected than indoor cats. Cats from catteries and cats that live in multi-cat households are much higher risk of FeLV than indoor cats.

FeLV usually spreads through infected saliva, urine, tears, and feces, and through an infected mother to her kittens during gestation and nursing. Twenty percent of FeLV-positive mothers pass the virus to their kittens. Methods of transmission include the following:
· Bite wounds from infected cats (this is a huge risk for outdoor & indoor-outdoor cats)
· Mouth and nose contact with infected saliva or urine
· Mutual grooming
· Nose-to-nose contact such as through a window screen
· Shared food dishes, water bowls, litter trays
· Sneezing

The doctors of Windmill Animal Hospital have reliable diagnostic tests to detect FeLV; the test is run on-site, with results in only 10 minutes.

There is no cure for FeLV. All treatments are aimed at relieving pain and discomfort. Prevention, through vaccinations and keeping your cat indoors, is the key!

Several vaccines are available to protect your cat(s) from contracting FeLV. The vaccines are generally safe, although your cat may appear sick or sluggish for a few hours, to a couple of days afterward. Although highly reliable, FeLV vaccines are not 100% effective. Vaccinated cats may develop a short-lived infection after heavy exposure to FeLV, but rarely do they develop clinical disease. Kittens should be vaccinated at 9 to 10 weeks of age, again 3 to 4 weeks later, and then 1 year later. All outdoor cats, indoor-outdoor cats, cats living with outdoor cats or indoor-outdoor cats, and cats from catteries or multi-cat households should be re-vaccinated annually. Indoor-only cats living in 1 or 2 cat households should be re-vaccinated every 3 years, if adjuvant-containing vaccines are used.

Cats present a unique challenge, due to some health concerns found only in felines. Some cats (approximately 1 in 30,000) have an immune system that has a familial tendency to react to vaccines inappropriately. In these cats, the vaccine site is chronically inflamed post-vaccine, which can develop into a tumor. Because of this, the only Feline Leukemia vaccine for cats used at Windmill Animal Hospital is the adjuvant-free vaccine, PureVax. This vaccine is licensed to be given annually.