Animal Health - General Expert Forum
Question about Feline Mycoplasma
About This Forum:

This forum is for general pet health questions, such as questions about medications, parasites, vaccines, infectious diseases, breed specific and genetic problems.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
This expert forum is not accepting new questions. Please post your question in one of our medical support communities.
Blank Blank

Question about Feline Mycoplasma

Hello,

I had a little of Savannah kittens and when they were a few days old I noticed pus coming out of their eyes. I took them to the vet and got Pentamycetin eye drops to help whatever it is. I noticed the father (in a separate room) also starting to have teary eyes. I then took him to the vet and got blood work done. Nothing showed up. Then I had another vet recommend an eye swab for the kittens. It came back positive for D355 Mycoplasma. I then checked my other cats and they have it too. The adult cats are now all on Doxycycline but I was told there's nothing else I can treat the kittens with since they are so young.

Now here is my problem... One vet told me that the Doxycycline will cure the Mycoplasma and everyone will be fine. The other vet said that the cats will all become permanent carriers and I should spay/neuter all of my breeders and rehome them if I want to keep breeding. I definitely do not want to be breeding sick cats, however, if it is cureable I do not want to have to give up all of the cats I have right now.

If someone can give me more information and an opinion that would be great. Can anyone also tell me what this mycoplasma is called specifically? When I try to research I am given 2-3 different types of mycoplasma and I am not sure which one this is other than it's related to the respiratory system.

Thanks!
Type of Animal
:  
Cats
Age of Animal
:  
Various
Sex of Animal
:  
Female
Breed of Animal
:  
Savannahs and Domestics
Last date your pet was examined by a vet?
:  
October 19, 2010
City
:  
Toronto
State/Province
:  
Ontario
Country
:  
Canada
Blood Test Results
:  
Nothing seen.
Other pertinent test results
:  
Eye swab culture shows positive for D355 Mycoplasma
Related Discussions
234713_tn?1283530259
It is mycoplasma felis, which is a disease renamed from haemobartonella felis recently, thus the difficulty in finding information.

The disease does lead to a carrier state in which the cat is permanently infected by the disease.  Treating a cat during the acute phase of infection will kill most of the disease but there is always some left over that the antibiotic cannot reach.

Although treatment with doxycycline or enrofloxacin may control acute infections in the cat, none of the antibiotics tested to date consistently clear the parasites permanently from the animal, resulting in a chronic carrier state.



2 Comments
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Hello and thanks for answering my question.

As a carrier, would my stud be able to pass the infection along to the females, or the females to their kittens? How is the infection spread? Should I be altering and rehoming anyone tested positive for it?

Thanks again for the help!
Blank
This Forum's Experts
234713_tn?1283530259
Aleda M Cheng, D.V.M., C.V.ABlank
American Animal Hospital
Randolph, NJ
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating: What Your Closet ...
Jul 09 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank