Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a retroviral disease that impairs immune system function and causes anemia and some types of cancer. FeLV is transmitted by prolonged close contact with an infected cat. Kittens can be born with FeLV or acquire the virus through their mother’s milk.

The average age of infection is 3 years and male cats may have a higher prevalence of infection than female cats.

Diagnosis and Treatment Notes:

  • Feline leukemia is diagnosed though blood tests including an ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) or IFA (indirect immunofluoresence) test.
  • Treatment depends on the severity of the disease, your individual pet, and your veterinarian. There is no specific treatment for feline leukemia. Antibiotics are used to treat infections. Tumors are often biopsied and surgery may be needed. Chemotherapy may be used to treat cancer. Blood transfusion may be needed for severe anemia. Nutritional support is important in maintaining health. Discuss treatment details when your pet is diagnosed with this condition.


What to Watch for*:  

  • Chronic infections
  • Anemia
  • Weight loss
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Eye problems
  • Lethargy
  • Poor wound healing

*Please notify us if you notice any of the above signs or if you have any questions!

Dear Valued Clients

During these challenging times, there have been some unforeseen changes at The Big Easy Animal Hospital. I cannot express enough my sincere apology for any inconvenience you have experienced at The Big Easy during these times. As we strive to make the practice safe to protect everyone including you, your family, and our Big Easy team and their families, I’ve decided to make certain changes while we are under this pandemic. These changes will be temporary.


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday:
Walk Ins: Check-in starts at 9:45am.There are a limited amount of patients we can accept. Our receptionists will be happy to assist you with options to help guide you and your pet(s).)


Saturday Hours

Saturdays will be TECHNICIAN APPOINTMENTS only. These will include boosters, bloodwork, nail trims, certain diagnostics, etc. There will not be a veterinarian on site. While I understand these changes can be inconvenient, I have listed local veterinary clinics that we have contacted and are open to see walk-ins throughout the week and Saturdays as well. For life threatening emergencies that occur outside business hours, please contact the following 24-hour animal hospitals below.

Please, be safe and healthy.

Thank you all for your understanding. -Aileen Ruiz, DVM


24 Hour Emergency Care:


Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center

807 Camp Horne Road
Pittsburgh, PA



4224 Northern Pike
Monroeville, PA

VCA Castle Shannon Animal Hospital

3610 Library Road
Pittsburgh, PA

Veterinarians Accepting Walk in Care:

Penn Animal Hospital

2205 Penn Avenue

North Boros Veterinary Hospital

2255 Babcock Blvd



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