Short Takes

August 2005 Issue

Short Takes: 08/05

Testing the accuracy of FIV tests; dental health winners; the price of pets

FIV Secret Shoppers One problem with some tests for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) ó including the ELISA, western blot and immunofluorescent antibody tests ó is that they canít distinguish real FIV antibodies from the antibodies that result from whole-virus vaccinations against FIV. This so-called false-positive problem makes some cat owners fear that their pets actually have the disease they were vaccinated against. (See related article in CatWatch, July 2005.) …

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