Thursday, April 5, 2012
FIP - a possible treatment??
I started following the Winn Feline Foundation and I read they have given out several grants recently. One was to test the efficacy of a drug to help treat FIP!!
You have absolutely no idea what this means to me.. having lost my sweet Kodi to FIP, and knowing there is NOTHING that can be done for it, no vaccine to prevent it and no treatment to help cure it or slow it or even help the kitties feel better while dealing with it. It is a death sentence and there is no test to prove it is FIP until a necropsy can be preformed.. Can you tell I hate FIP?
my standard disclaimer in case anyone shows up here doing a search for FIP. If you have a kitty who was diagnosed with FIP, do not do the "titer test" it is a waste of money. It tells you the count of the corona virus not if the virus has mutated. Just about every cat has been exposed to the corona virus at one time as it is very common. Also, get yourself a second and a third opinion. Since FIP is a diagnosis of elimination (well it isn't A, B or C it must be FIP) finding a vet who thinks outside the box or has a lot of experience with FIP is VERY important. Join support boards online. There is a really popular one on Yahoo. People who have gone through it and deal with it daily can give you other suggestions of things to test for.. not all disease is fatal.
Now, this appears to be far from an actual treatment that people can use, but to even consider there is something - well to me anyway - is huge. I am seriously considering sponsoring the study.. Granted, it will be a tiny part of it, but I'm sure any help would be appreciated..