FIP New Drug Trial Update: Lab Results

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The good news just keeps coming! Yesterday was Luna’s first lab check. I am happy to report yet another astounding improvement! I’ve attached a comparison from yesterday’s CBC & differential to the one from her diagnosis on 4/24/17.

  • Her white cell count is down from 24.6 to 9.9 – NORMAL RANGE
  • She is still slightly anemic, which Dr. Pedersen assures us is normal for a kitten of her age and given the diagnosis/treatment
  • Her differential is in the 100% normal range now (each lab uses different reference ranges)
  • Her total protein, which isn’t shown on these results, is now 9.2, up from 5.8 at Davis and 6.6 when she was diagnosed.  This is higher because of the protein in her abdominal fluid that her body needs to break down and process. This will be a critical number to watch as she continues to heal.

 

Luna continues to do well with the injections becoming more tolerable by her each day…to the point that I can do them without help in holding her down. The rectal temperatures…that’s another story! It took five sticks to get the blood yesterday and then the sites didn’t want to stop bleeding. Her platelets are just a little on the low side, but not terribly out of range. We had to use pressure dressings and leave them on for one hour.

 

5/11/17 on the left, 4/24/17 on the right

13 thoughts on “FIP New Drug Trial Update: Lab Results

  1. Ugh, we have had a few days where she pulled away and had to be re-stuck. Most days, she’s taking them like a boss!

  2. My knowledge of medicine is definitely a plus to understanding this dreadful disease and keeping close eyes on Luna’s progress and any changes that may occur!

  3. Please, I would like to know about the treatment for FIP. I have a kitten with difuse FIP and don’t know what can I do for him

  4. I’ve been following your blog closely! I just checked my kitten Charlotte in to UC Davis yesterday to start treatment wth the same medication with Dr. P and his team. Seeing Luna’s progress is giving me some hope that there might be some chance to extend Charlotte’s life. <3

  5. The stars have been in alignment for sure, even that you have medical training and can be of such a valuable addition to her care. I keep you and Luna in my prayers . ❤️?

  6. So happy Luna continues to respond to the drug and is following the profile of the kittens that were put into remission/cured. Also glad the shots seem to be less painful. For Smokey, he would have days where he put up no fight during the injection, to days where he jumped away and had to be stuck twice:(. Cool yellow sox:).

  7. 0,5? I see… But she has or had fluid.Her belly was big, is it right? Does “Initial” mean before you started trial treatment or when she got sick first time?

    P.S.I beg your pardon for my stylistics and grammar mistakes, but English is my third language (try to write in Russian or Ukrainian as good as you do in English))). Nevertheless I guess that my comments are readable.
    Thank you so much for your regular well written and informative messages!
    Luna, keep improving!!!

  8. Anna, I do not have the a/g ration of recent as we will draw a chemistry in 3 weeks. Her initial a/g ratio was 0.5, which is “low” normal. Total protein was 6.6, Albumin was 2.1 and Globulin was 4.5. Dr. Pedersen was only interested in the total protein at this time for some reason, but we will have all the numbers in 3 weeks.

  9. Such incredibly wonderful news! Go Luna, Go!!!

  10. I’m just so encouraged to hear of Luna’s progress. We lost 3 last year and it was devastating. In 16 years of breeding, we’d never had it before and then we’re hit in spades! Can’t wait to hear of Luna’s continued improvement.

  11. Great to hear good news about Luna! I am a one, who loves number more than words).
    Debra, can you tell,please, about not a total protein only, but about a/g proportion (albumin/globulin, globulin=total protein minus albumin), what it was and what it at the moment?
    Are you giving Luna any specific treatment for anemia? Raw red meat, by the way, is the best “medication”. In the nature coronavirus is a mild infection, this is why antibodies against this virus do not last long after its elimination (unlike panleukopenia or calicivirus). First, because natural food and feeding style of the corvairs is the number one treatment against intestinal infections. Number two is the way how they poop, reinfection in the nature is minimal. Both these factors are lost, when cat becomes a domestic animal, and almost harmless in the nature virus turns into life threatening factor.

    P.S. We also have feline interferon meds in Ukraine and Russia (such meds are 10 times cheaper here) and I tried it on many cats with coronavirus. I got no significant results, unfortunately..

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