Out With a Bang: New Drug Trial Update

Luna’s last injection is tomorrow!!!!!!  It’s hard to believe we have made it to this point.  With that said, these last 2 weeks haven’t been as easy as the first 10, and here’s why.

We were really hoping that Luna would make it through her 12 weeks of the trial drug before having her first estrus cycle.  We knew she’d be cutting it close as she just turned 6 months old on July 9th, but we also thought that the FIP and drug therapy may delay the onset a bit.  Evidently our girl is doing better than we thought, because her body did just what it was supposed to.

The expectation was that once she was off the drug for a bit, we would have her spay done. Surgery increases the body’s stress and there is always that fear was that there could be a relapse.  Estrus causes a great deal of stress on the body as well, so Dr. Pedersen felt it best to go ahead and get her spay done now, while she still had a few days left of drug coverage, to which we totally agreed.

Her first cycle was thankfully a short one; about 5 days, but it was bad enough that we knew we didn’t want her to go through it again in 3-4 weeks.  We were able to find an awesome vet who was willing to respectfully operate within the protocol that Dr. Pedersen requested and did her surgery on July 18th (this took some doing since our vet and many others, are set in their standards and will not deviate).  Dr. Pedersen also wanted her home as soon as possible after surgery to further decrease her stress; so she was back home in three hours.  We are so close and this trial has been far too successful to let anything alter all the positive progress.  It’s hard to imagine that something as simple as routine spay surgery could cause a relapse, but no chances were taken.

We all thought that she would bounce back quickly from this routine surgery, but that was not the case and she gave Dr. Weller a few challenges during the surgery (breathing and heart rate).  She was quite lethargic the first 2 days and didn’t have an appetite until the evening of day #3.  Even today, day #5, it’s not a very impressive one, but improving.  She is bright-eyed again, starting to explore and climb, and is even spent a solid 30 minutes trying to nail a fly.  I think we are on the mend and that FIP just might be gone from her body for good!

Another positive note worth mentioning, her pre-op chemistry panel was perfect!  Her BUN has come down and not continuing to rise, so hopefully any toxicity concerns from the drug can be put to rest!  It has been unbelievable to watch all of her blood values stabilize and fall back into the normal reference ranges these last 12 weeks.  There is no doubt that they are on to something big in the fight against effusive FIP!

Did I mention that TOMORROW IS HER LAST INJECTION?!?!?!?  84 shots, 8 blood draws, countless temperature and weight checks, and one rough spay surgery, and this little trooper continues to thrive as if FIP never existed.  Here’s to continued trial success with Luna, the other kitties that followed her, and those yet to start!

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As a side note, in lieu of the E-Collar after her surgery, I found this genius invention called “the Suitical” and I highly recommend getting one of these if your cat or dog requires surgery.  It’s basically a “onesie” type t-shirt that keeps them from biting at their sutures without restricting their motion or ability to use the litter box.  You can get them on Amazon.  They run quite small; Luna is just under 6 lbs. and an XXS fits her perfectly, not constrictive, yet not so loose that she could get to her sutures.  So, there’s a little plug for a great product that I wish I had invented!

  19 Replies to “Out With a Bang: New Drug Trial Update”

  1. August 14, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    We are glad now too…not a fun time with her being still on the trial drug and all, but she has rebounded and is sassier than ever!

  2. August 14, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Thank you for the encouragement and support!

  3. August 14, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Thank you! We truly appreciate the support!

  4. August 14, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    That is terrible! Were they siblings? Sorry you had to endure this dreadful disease 🙁

  5. Denise Valentine
    July 26, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    So happy to Hear this. I had 2 pass from FIP.one with the wet and one with the dry.
    Prayers for your baby 🙏🏼🙏🏼

  6. Anonymous
    July 23, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Great news. Keep fighting and kicking FIP in the butt. You are a gorgeous and courageous girl Lluna. ♡♡♡♡♡♡

  7. Anonymous
    July 23, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    I am so glad to see that she’s doing well I have been saying prayers for her the lord always tastes care of his precious creatures amen

  8. Anonymous
    July 23, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Go Luna!

  9. Anonymous
    July 23, 2017 at 9:12 am


  10. Anonymous
    July 23, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Awesome news Go Luna

  11. July 23, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Good going, Luna! Glad you did get that spay surgery done, and paws crossed that the FIP is indeed gone for good!

  12. Cari
    July 23, 2017 at 3:19 am

    The absolute hardest time in my career as a breeder was losing 5 kittens of a litter of 6 to FIP. Luna, you’re a miracle kitty, and I hope there are many more miracles to follow–a stupid spay will not stop you! (btw, the 6th ‘kitten’ of that litter is 7 years old now and is sitting in my lap and trying to add to my comments! ;-))

  13. July 22, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Hooray Luna tou got this beautiful

  14. Patricia A Holland
    July 22, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    I am so happy for Luna, I lost my Dusty 3 years ago from dry FIP, He was 15 months old, My heart still hurts

  15. Anonymous
    July 22, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Wow! Never a dull moment but worth the excitement with such good news!!!

    Luna rocks!

  16. Miquette
    July 22, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    This is the best thing for my broken heart to tead – on the first anniversary of my Leila’s passing due to FIP. Thank you all so much!

  17. carol
    July 22, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    How thrilled I am to read this! We lost our Hillary to wht was thought to be FIP back in 1992, she was having seizures and lost half her body weight when vet insisted on letting her go.

  18. Lisa
    July 22, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    We are so very excited about sweet Luna!

  19. Anonymous
    July 22, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Go Luna!!!!!

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