please please keep loivng him and doing everything you can, but if the test
was sent to antech labs for their foolproof FIP test, you need to know that
it is just another titre test and tho the lab (and way too many vets) claim
that it can tell the mutating strain of FeCoV from the non, there is no
independent research to back that up.

thank you for sending that link, kelley, i didn't realize that marvista had
put up the info on the rivalta test! UC Davis has been doing a lot of
research on the realitiies of FIP, and unfortunately, the same thing is true
with FIP as with FIV and FeLV--ie, those of us who actually deal with the
viruses too often know about advances in research and treatment YEARS before
the veterinary professionals do. sad, sad.

On Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 4:38 PM, laurieskatz <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

>  right right. I forgot this.
> Ask your vet?
> ----- Original Message -----
> *From:* Rosenfeldt, Diane <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> *To:* felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> *Sent:* Wednesday, February 27, 2008 3:27 PM
> *Subject:* RE: more bad news
> Lynne, I know how sad and disheartened you are, but please be aware, as
> Kelley says, that all FIP tests are not created equal.  Most of the tests
> only show the *presence* of the coronavirus, which actually is present in
> huge numbers of cats without ever turning into FIP.  It has to mutate to
> become FIP and make them ill, and it usually only happens in cats that are
> genetically predisposed for this mutation.  I'm not saying that BooBoo
> doesn't have FIP, just that unless the specific test Kelley mentions is
> performed, the diagnosis can be inaccurate.  The general wisdom is that FIP
> can only really be accurately diagnosed by necropsy.
> That being said, I'm so sorry you're going through this.  Hugs to both of
> you and BooBoo.  You're doing a great job.
> Diane R.
>  ------------------------------
> *From:* [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:
> [EMAIL PROTECTED] *On Behalf Of *Lynne
> *Sent:* Wednesday, February 27, 2008 3:05 PM
> *To:* felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> *Subject:* Re: more bad news
>  I don't know Kelly.  He sent it off to a lab and specifically tested for
> it along with culturing the fluid.  I have to assume if he tested positive
> and all the symptoms he has are those of an infected animal that he has it.
> Don't I wish there could have been an error but I'm at the point where I
> have to accept where this is going.  I just want to keep him unstressed and
> comfortable.  Unless there is some miracle drug that can repair all his
> blood vessels I'm screwed.
> Lynne
> ----- Original Message -----
> *From:* Kelley Saveika <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> *To:* felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> *Sent:* Wednesday, February 27, 2008 3:55 PM
> *Subject:* Re: more bad news
> Wait, wait.  What test did the vet use to test for FIP?  There *is* an FIP
> test which is fairly accurate, but most vets don't even know about it.  It
> is called Rivalta's test:
> This is a test with which few veterinarians are familiar but it can be
> very helpful in the diagnosis of FIP.   A test tube is filled with distilled
> water and one drop of 98% acetic acid is added. To this mixture one drop of
> effusion is added. If the drop dissipates, the test is negative. If the drop
> retains its shape, the test is positive.  A negative Rivalta's test is 97%
> accurate in ruling out FIP. A positive test is 86% accurate in ruling in
> FIP.
> Source:  http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_fip.html
> If you are talking about a titer test - almost all cats will test positive
> for coronavirus titers.
> On 2/27/08, Lynne <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> >
> >  Well just when you think it can't get any worse it does.  BooBoo's
> > cytology came back today and he has FIP as well as feline leukemia.  There
> > was no bacteria in it. There is nothing left for us to do for him.  There
> > was no bacteria in the culture, just protein and fibres, because his blood
> > vessels are leaky.  The vet says all we can do is make him comfortable and
> > at this point it is all about quality of life.  He will continue to drain
> > his lungs every week to 10 days and keep him on this antibiotic until it is
> > finished and only Lasix once a day, which I guess does nothing for this lung
> > fluid.  If he becomes worse, ie he has to have the fluid drained more
> > frequently then we will have to do the obvious.  We will put on a good face
> > for our dear boy and do everything we can to keep him with us as long as we
> > can but it isn't looking too good at the moment.  The vet said they had
> > another cat in this week that tested positive for FIP but not leukemia.  He
> > said BooBoo has been hit with a double blow and unfortunately the end is
> > near.  I don't know if the Factor stuff will make it here before Boo dies
> > but I'm trying to be realistic here now and face the inevitable.  My husband
> > and I are horribly sad about this but I'm getting angry now at these
> > criminals who owned him and lied to me about his being healthy and
> > vaccinated.  We have several top notch lawyers in our practice who like me a
> > lot and would do me a favor if I asked.  I'm seriously considering
> > consulting with one of them when this tragedy is over.
> >
> > Lynne
> >
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