One test that stands out with the potential of becoming the best-seller is the feline rhinitis test. This test distinguishes a calicivirus infection from a herpesvirus infection, the combination of which accounts for approximately 90% of all feline upper respiratory tract diseases.
While a herpesvirus infection is relatively benign, infection by calicivirus could result in FCV-associated virulent systemic disease with high mortality. Indistinguishable through symptoms alone, this test is highly sought after by clinics wishing to avoid the tragedy that saw dozens of cats perish following contact with one FCV positive cat at the clinic.
Unfortunately, the deadly FCV-associated virulent systemic disease is not preventable through vaccination. Vaccines against calicivirus and herpes virus lessen clinical signs and reduce viral shedding in animals challenged with unmodified pathogens.
The best way to avoid the spread of virulent form of feline calicivirus is by quarantine. Therefore, it is in everyone’s interest to identify an infected animal with mild or even no symptoms through the use of the feline rhinitis test.