Diagnostic Testing Service

Feline viral diarrhea and retrovirus panel (PFS004)

Specimen type

EDTA whole blood


Pleural effusion/ascites


  • Feline leukemia virus causes anemia or lymphoma, but because it suppresses the immune system, it can also predispose cats to deadly infections.
  • Feline immodeficiency virus causes disease because it reduces the ability of the cat’s immune system to respond to other infections. Some cats will experience lethargy, fever, or lymph node enlargement in the acute phase.
  • Feline infectious peritonitis is a viral disease of cats caused by certain strains of feline coronavirus. Listlessness, lethargy, decreased or absent appetite, weight loss, and a fluctuating fever are commonly reported clinical signs. Some infected cats may have accumulation of fluid in body cavities.
  • Feline panleukopenia is a parvoviral infectious disease of kittens typically characterized by depression, anorexia, high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and consequent severe dehydration.