Belle Glade Sun

Unvaccinated cats pose danger to shelter pets

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Sadly, some of the cats and kittens at Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control have recently been exposed to panleukopenia — a very contagious and fatal illness — which is why pet owners are being reminded about the importance of keeping pets up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations in order to keep them happy and healthy.

There has been an increased number of cats and kittens diagnosed with panleukopenia, more commonly called “panleuk,” throughout Palm Beach County. This life-threatening disease can affect cats young and old. These cats and kittens are then entering the shelter system and posing a danger to pets already residing at the shelter.

Panleukopenia is easily transmitted from cat to cat, but is not a threat to dogs or humans. Symptoms to look for include diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, fever and sudden death. If your cat or kitten is displaying any of the above signs or doesn’t appear to be feeling well, schedule an appointment with your local veterinarian right away.

Talk to your veterinarian about the best protection plan for your pet. Check with the Palm Beach Veterinary Society for a certified veterinarian in your area or visit Animal Care & Control’s website at animal for low-cost vaccine packages and clinic hours. For more information, call 561-233-1200, ext. 0, or visit the shelter at 7100 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach.