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Companion Animal Practice
Antiviral therapy in cats: current rationale and recommendations
  1. Sarah Caney

    Sarah Caney graduated from Bristol in 1993. She spent one year as a small animal intern at the Royal Veterinary College, London, before returning to Bristol to undertake a three‐year residency in feline medicine. She currently works at Downland Veterinary Group in Emsworth, Hampshire, where she has established a firstopinion and referral feline clinic. She is the secretary of the European Society of Feline Medicine and coordinator of the Feline Advisory Bureau's newly formed feline expert panel. She holds a PhD for studies on feline immunodeficiency virus infection, the RCVS diploma in small animal medicine (feline) and is an RCVS specialist in feline medicine.


OVER recent years there has been much interest in the use of antiviral agents for the treatment of feline infectious diseases. Unfortunately, much of this interest has stemmed from anecdotal reports rather than controlled clinical trials or in vitro studies. While it is clear that more research needs to be done in this area of feline medicine, there is evidence to support the use of antiviral agents in some patients. This article reviews that evidence with a view to assisting practitioners with rational decision making.

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