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can a fiv infected cat transmit to a dog

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can a fiv infected cat transmit to a dog
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Jan replied 8 years ago.

I just got your question on JustAnswer and would like to help you with the question about FIV possibly infecting a dog.

Do you have both the FIV infected cat and dog in the same household? Do you have any other cats? When was the cat diagnosed with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus?

Dr. Jan
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
both are in the same house .the cat is a shelter cat ,diagnosed at the shelter.
the dog is a five yrs old tibetan mastiff .good appatite.good spirits no bad smell
has been eating peanut treats .
Expert:  Dr. Jan replied 8 years ago.

Fortunately cat viruses such as FIV (and FeLV) can only be transmitted to cats, not to humans or dogs or any other species.

Even if the shelter cat is not sick at the moment, it is still important not to expose him to other cats (i.e. he has to remain indoors and not come into contact with other cats). The FIV virus is spread via body fluids such as saliva and the one of the most common methods of transmission is via cat bite wounds.

Here is a link to further information about FIV:

As you can see from this link, the list of symptoms of FIV are long so keep an eye out for these signs of illness.

Dr. Jan
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Relist: I prefer a second opinion.
maybe a dog vet is necessary
but no other cats perfect health other wise
has gained much weight since we got him
not sure when diagnosis was made :is a shelter cat
loves the dog and the doge plays with him
Expert:  Dr. K replied 8 years ago.
I agree with Dr. Jan....

FIV is a species specific virus. Your cat cannot infect your dog with this disease.

Dr. K