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Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP): an in-depth look.

endFIP attention please Please note: this section is intended for individuals who want to learn more and have a deeper understanding of feline coronavirus and FIP. Basic knowledge of veterinary/scientific terms is needed to fully comprehend this section which was created for information purposes ONLY.
If you are a veterinarian, veterinary student, vet tech or hold any other type of position in the veterinary field, please visit Dr. Diane D. Addie’s website catvirus.com.
If you are a pet parent with a sick cat, please consult a qualified veterinarian IMMEDIATELY.

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Monitoring treatment

Good indicators of treatment success or failure are:

Globulin levels
Albumin/Globulin ratio
Alpha I acid glycoprotein (AGP) levels
Hematocrit* and lymphocyte count
* Hematocrit (Hct) should be monitored continuously to assess anemia

If the treatment is working, globulin levels should return to normal, A:G ratio should increase, AGP levels fall to normal, hematocrit level should stay above 20%, and lymphocyte count should return to normal. Weight gain is a useful indication of recovery in a non-effusive FIP case but less useful in effusive FIP because it may simply indicate that the amount of effusion has increased.

Unfortunately prognosis of cats with confirmed FIP is poor – click here for Dr. Addie’s FIP Prognosis Excel Chart. This chart isn’t an exact predictor but it does provide a ballpark indicator of prognosis thus can help determine if it is worth or not to treat or  continuing treating a case.

Watch this video to learn more about assessing the prognosis of a cat with FIP.

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