Testing For The Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)

If you have a cat, you’ve probably heard of the “Lukemia IV test.” It’s a blood test that, if your cat has it, can be very helpful in diagnosing certain types of lymphoma.

But what exactly is this test? And how can it help your cat? Let’s take a look!

The Lukiema IV test is a blood test that checks for the presence of antibodies to feline leukemia virus (FeLV). This virus causes lymphomas and other cancers in cats. The antibody test looks for evidence of exposure to FeLV. The results are most useful when combined with other diagnostic tests because they can help rule out certain kinds of lymphoma or leukemia.

Why Should I Get My Cat Tested?

If your cat has been exposed to FeLV, then he or she will have antibodies against the virus in his or her blood stream. These antibodies are what signal infection with FeLV—and if they’re found in your cat’s bloodstream, that means he or she has been exposed to FeLV at some point in their lives (whether recently or long ago).

For more info on this important test, call our office at 479-571-1228. We can let you know if your cat has been tested previously, or if we recommend it for your furry family.