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Gavin's story - the importance of vaccinations

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

This is the tragic story of a gorgeous little kitten called Gavin who was rushed to our referral centre as an emergency from another veterinary practice after his owner, Mrs Slade, found him collapsed at home.

Gavin was extremely sick, and after some investigations, Highcroft Medicine Specialist, Catherine Bovens, found that he was severely anaemic. Gavin needed an emergency blood transfusion and several days of hospitalisation and treatment, not to mention lots of TLC.

Catherine discovered that Gavin's anaemia was caused by the Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV). This deadly virus is contagious and, when a cat is infected, the virus infection cannot be cured and will cause life-threatening diseases.  The virus was most likely transmitted to Gavin by his unvaccinated mother.

Thanks to life-saving treatment with Catherine, and Mrs Slade's dedication to maintaining his life-long medication, Gavin was back to being a happy little kitten for several months.  However, sadly, his anaemia worsened and Mrs Slade had to make the heart-breaking decision to euthanase Gavin at the end of June.

Mrs Slade is eager for us to keep Gavin's memory alive and tell his story to help raise awareness of the importance of vaccinating pets. Initial kitten and puppy vaccinations, with annual boosters, help prevent pets from contracting many common life-threatening diseases. 

For more information on the importance of vaccinating your pets, please visit our advice page or contact your local Highcroft practice.


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