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RVC investigation into pancytopenia in cats

RVC investigation into pancytopenia in cats

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) are currently investigating a spike in cats presenting with the symptoms of pancytopenia.  This is a condition which causes a deficiency in all types of blood cells. Symptoms can include fever, pale gums, blood in the urine and faeces and bleeding from the nose. 

RVC investigation into pancytopenia in cats 

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) are currently investigating a spike in cats presenting with the symptoms of pancytopenia.  This is a condition which causes a deficiency in all types of blood cells. Symptoms can include fever, pale gums, blood in the urine and faeces and bleeding from the nose.        

At present, the cause is unknown, however initial data from the RVC highlights a potential link with certain dry hypoallergenic cat foods. At this point this has been narrowed down to one manufacturer producing for three brands – AVA (Pets at Home), Applaws and a Sainsbury’s hypoallergenic product.  

This is a distressing situation and whilst further investigations are ongoing, a voluntary product recall has been issued for each of these brands. Full details and a list of affected products are available at the Food Standards Agency.

Advice to cat owners

If you have bought any of the listed products you should stop feeding them to your cat.

If you have bought an AVA product contact www.petsathome.com and fill out the contact form on the help page or livechat.

If you have bought an Applaws product contact www.applaws.com/uk/contact-us.

If you have bought a Sainsbury’s product contact www.sainsburys.co.uk/help or their Customer Careline on 0800 636262.

More information on feline pancytopenia is available from the RVC. Any owners concerned should contact their vet.

Advice for vets

The Royal Veterinary College has put out a call for information to gather further information on any identified cases and the possible cause of this illness in cats.

Michael Bellingham, PFMA Chief Executive, advises: “The health and well-being of pets is the top priority, and we fully support this recall. We understand the concern this will cause cat owners and we would like to reassure them that a thorough, top to bottom investigation is underway to determine the cause.”

 

 

 

 

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