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Vector-borne diseases in cats

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Ian Wright

Synonym(s): VBDs


Vector-borne diseases in cats

Vector-borne diseases (VBDs) are diseases that are carried by vectors such as ticks, fleas, mosquitoes and sandflies. A vector does not cause disease itself but can spread infection by passing on pathogens from one host to another. Due to climate change, increased pet travel and rescue of dogs and cats from other countries, these diseases are becoming more common.

What is a vector-borne disease?

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Which ticks are common?

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Which vector-borne diseases can affect my cat?

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How will I know my cat has been affected?

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What tests will my vet do?

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How are VBDs treated?

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Can my cat pass on disease to me?

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