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Calici or Kahleesi?

Hi All,

Oscar here.

Just last week, I overheard the doc talking about something called the Calici Virus.

Now, when I first heard the name, I obviously assumed they were talking about Kahleesi from Game Of Thrones, my FAVORITE TV show which just so happens to be coming back in April so I guess you can say its been on my mind. Well, after listening a bit more, I found out that the doc was not talking about the Queen of Dragons (slay, Kahleesi) but rather, about an illness which the doc saw in two patients who recently came into the PPAC.

In two separate cases, cats came in presenting with copious amounts of drooling. On a hunch, Dr. S. inspected further and found ulcers on both the tongue and the hard palate of these kitties.It was clear that the ulcers were the cause of the drooling but, the sum total of these symptoms allowed the doctor to make the diagnosis that it was the aforementioned Calici Virus.

The Calici Virus is an upper respiratory illness that can usually be warded off with vaccines. Trouble is, it doesnt prevent against ALL strains of the virus and theres no way of telling which strain it will or will not work on (kind of like the flu). To make matters worse, this illness is unlike many others in that it can be transmitted from human to cat through something as mundane as clothing. As in, a cat can rub the virus off on a humans sweater and the human can then bring the sweater home, hug their kitty, and infect it in the process. Crazy, right!?!? Cat to cat contact is not even necessary.

Fortunately, Dr. S. treated the kitties and theyre on the mend (and will be all healed up for the premier of GOT) but I gotta say, Im disappointed to learn that the Calici Virus is not nearly as cool as the queen Kahleesi.

Til next time,

Oscar

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