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  • “A glimmer of hope for a fatal feline disease Controlling risk factors for feline infectious peritonitis is difficult, while new antiviral drugs show great promise” 

    The clinical trial drug that saved our […]

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  • Bridgette, Michele, Denise, & Camila, What can I say except thank you to you exceptional ladies for always being supportive and positive. I don’t know what I’d do without you all and look how spread out we all are! Hugs and huge thanks for being so wonderful!

  • Ah Joseph, I hate hearing that sad news. When will you have results from the study? Thank you for seeing Luna’s success in a positive light and for all the ongoing support!

  • These are all valid concerns and why we communicated with Dr. Pedersen before adding more Savannahs to our family. Luna received a daily antiviral injection for 12 weeks. I highly doubt that she has any corona virus left in her system with the FIP mutation itself being likely eradicated as well. The two new kittens are from a different breeder…[Read more]

  • Shelly, the trial is closed. It was only open for a short time and to roughly 20-25 cats with wet FIP that fit the trial criteria.

  • I apologize for the lag in updates, but each day that I see more and more cats losing their battles with FIP and owners having to say goodbye to their beloved cats, it gets harder and harder for me to write such […]

    • Shelly, the trial is closed. It was only open for a short time and to roughly 20-25 cats with wet FIP that fit the trial criteria.

    • These are all valid concerns and why we communicated with Dr. Pedersen before adding more Savannahs to our family. Luna received a daily antiviral injection for 12 weeks. I highly doubt that she has any corona virus left in her system with the FIP mutation itself being likely eradicated as well. The two new kittens are from a different breeder who has no history of FIP in his cattery and while most cats carry corona, there are many strains and it can come and go over time. We did have a fecal loop done on Titan (since he and Cally are siblings–different litters–but from same cattery so only needed to test one of them.

      I worry every day that a new corona exposure will cause Luna to relapse to FIP, which is why she still has lab work and temperature checks drawn at various intervals per Dr. Pedersen’s recommendations. It was his feeing that as long as the new cats were healthy, there was no reason for Luna to remain a solo cat.

      The cats have been together now for nearly 2 months and so far, no issues other than a camphytobacter infection with Titan, for which all 3 cats were treated with 2 rounds (4 weeks worth) of Neomycin twice daily to be safe and make sure the bacteria was killed since they groom one another, share litter boxes…what can’t be avoided of course.

      We are definitely being cautious and I thank you for such a great question and concern! I am surprised no one has asked that as of yet 😉

    • Ah Joseph, I hate hearing that sad news. When will you have results from the study? Thank you for seeing Luna’s success in a positive light and for all the ongoing support!

    • Bridgette, Michele, Denise, & Camila, What can I say except thank you to you exceptional ladies for always being supportive and positive. I don’t know what I’d do without you all and look how spread out we all are! Hugs and huge thanks for being so wonderful!

  • You are not a punching bag for anyone’s anger or aggression.  It’s unacceptable  to talk down to another human being with anger, a raised voice, or with intimidating body language.  It doesn’t matter how bad you […]

  • That is awful that you lost 3! Were they siblings/related at all? The testing is a puzzle and a diagnosis of exclusion mostly, unless a lymph node biopsy is done or you get a + PCR on the fluid. Luna had a high fever, loss of appetite, lethargy, a very swollen, fluid-filled abdomen. They did an echocardiogram because she had a grade 4 heart…[Read more]

  • As I sit here on the eve of my 51st birthday, I feel compelled to reflect and recap this past year of changes, experiences, discoveries, adventures, and challenges.  Turning 50 and the months that followed, was […]

    • Good Year. Happy 51st year. Love you my friend

    • Great news for sure BUT after having 3 cats die within 2 months from FIP and being told by our Vet that there is NO TESTING that can be done before death that a Feline has positive FIP wheather it be dry or wet FIP .

      Please explain how the testing procedure was done to come about that she was tested positive FIP??? What were the steps taken for the testing procedure??

      • That is awful that you lost 3! Were they siblings/related at all? The testing is a puzzle and a diagnosis of exclusion mostly, unless a lymph node biopsy is done or you get a + PCR on the fluid. Luna had a high fever, loss of appetite, lethargy, a very swollen, fluid-filled abdomen. They did an echocardiogram because she had a grade 4 heart murmur to make sure that it wasn’t cardiac related, abdominal ultrasound, took a sample of the fluid for PCR testing, she had a very elevated white blood count, high serum protein, elevated bilirubin. I have her results and testing posted in one of my earlier posts from this past April. The belly fluid alone is usually enough to call it…it’s got a high protein, fibrous, sticky consistency. Luna was + for corona virus when I got her as well as she had a stool PCR panel done prior to leaving the breeder, which in and of itself, it not problematic unless there is the gene present for the mutation to occur and in Luna’s case, we learned that it was. Luna has over $2000 in testing done at the emergency vet when she was diagnosed and I’m not sure what all testing she underwent at UC Davis when we got her there, but she didn’t have much time left upon our arrival. She was one very sick kitty.

    • Also forgot to mention yes we also spent more then 2 thousand dollars on each of the 3 cats for meds, hospitalization, and all kinds of tests done and still passed away.
      Does come costly but they are family and would do anything and everything for them.

  • FIP is a diagnosis of exclusion and putting together a puzzle based on the symptoms, history, and laboratory findings. This page tells my story of her diagnosis, which was of course, confirmed upon our arrival to UCD for her to begin her treatment. Necropsy is one way to diagnose, but FIP isn’t as hard to diagnose as folks might think or as…[Read more]

  • Try it now. Sorry about that and thank you for letting me know it wasn’t working :o). Luna’s last injection was June 29th, so 4 months!

  • This kitty gives hope for the future of cats diagnosed with dreaded Feline Infectious Peritonitis.  Smokey is one of the not only surviving, but thriving cats from the 2016 GC376 drug trial at UCDavis.  I am so h […]

    • Try it now. Sorry about that and thank you for letting me know it wasn’t working :o). Luna’s last injection was June 29th, so 4 months!

    • This is great news but still not clear on how FIP was diagnosed when told there is no way it can be any test done before death and autopsy to tell if feline has FIP so how did you find out ??

      • FIP is a diagnosis of exclusion and putting together a puzzle based on the symptoms, history, and laboratory findings. This page tells my story of her diagnosis, which was of course, confirmed upon our arrival to UCD for her to begin her treatment. Necropsy is one way to diagnose, but FIP isn’t as hard to diagnose as folks might think or as people make it out to be (according to Dr. Pedersen). I think Luna’s story here might help make it more clear. I’m also in the process of making a FIP diangostic checklist to better help people understand how FIP is diagnosed and something they can take with them to their vet should they be faced with the horrible possibility of an FIP diagnosis.
        I hope to have it finished in the coming week.

        LUNA’S FIP STORY

  • Ben, this is unbelievable. It looks like more wet than dry too. What year range would you say this took place? Were any of them siblings? You are the saint of all saints for taking care of these kitties 🙂

  • Denise, This is a prime example of how stress plays a huge part in the advancement of corona to FIP mutation. I’m happy that Garfunkel is well and I’m sure you watch him like a hawk knowing that he is at a higher risk. Keeping his immunity strong and free from stress will keep him healthy! But you know that…you are a wealth of FIP knowledge my friend!

  • Awwww, I love that you did that in his memory and that you want to help the research too. They are so close and funding is vital. Hugs and my condolences on losing Murry 🙁

  • Camilla, thank you so much for your ongoing support and being Luna’s cheerleader!

  • Tami, this is just terrible. I hope you have found some comfort in the FIP Fighters group and I’m sorry these medications are just getting their start…all we can do now is hope they get approved fast so that this nonsense can stop!

  • Joan, no doubt he too was exposed to corona…they all are sadly…but I’m so happy that you did not lose them both to this wretched disease. 10 years is old for a wet care of FIP as I’m seeing in my poll results. I’m sorry this happened to you 🙁

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