Feline cowpox virus infection

51 Feline cowpox virus infection


Most cats present with multiple lesions but most cases start with a single lesion, either on the face or on the forelimbs. Usually, there is a secondary bacterial infection of the site resulting in an abscess, with necrosis and even sloughing by the time of examination. Some cases may present with a large ulcer where the necrotic skin has already sloughed off. Secondary lesions on distant sites are usually evident within 10 days, normally on the face, but sometimes on the trunk. Usually, they are single circumscribed raised papules, or nodules, which progressively become ulcerated and alopecic. Occasionally, larger areas become involved and then there will be marked ulceration and exudation. Unless the owner is very vigilant the very first lesion, the erythematous macule, is missed. In about 20% of cats, ulcerations in the oral cavity and the tongue are reported; systemic signs of pyrexia, lethargy, anorexia, conjunctivitis, respiratory and GIT involvement may also be reported. The lesions are self-limiting, unless the individual is immunosuppressed, due to concurrent conditions such as FIV, FeLV, or because of immunosuppressive therapy.

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Sep 3, 2016 | Posted by in SMALL ANIMAL | Comments Off on Feline cowpox virus infection

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