I've been doing a lot of reading tonight Pat and it would appear that a 
diagnosis of FIP is one of those differential diagnoses, the vet goes by a 
collection of symptoms and makes the call.  I'm wondering at this point if it 
even matters.  I don't plan to change the way we're doing things or go looking 
for some snake oil treatment.  I'm just gonna concentrate on diet, quiet and 
happiness.  I now have an inkling of what you good people have gone through and 
somehow there must be something good come out of this experience.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Pat Kachur 
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
  Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2008 5:13 PM
  Subject: Re: more bad news

  I'm so sorry Lynne.  I have had two kitties who died of FIP (one had 
leukemia, too).  The difference in what you describe about BooBoo is that the 
fluid was strictly in their abdomens--not connected with their lungs at all.  
My vet says that there are two types of FIP--dry and wet.  The wet, which mine 
both had, results in so much fluid in the abdomen that the cat looks pregnant.  
My kitties enjoyed their lives until it became obvious they no longer did--and 
I had them put down.  

  My vet said at the time that while he was sure they had FIP, there was no 
test that proved it for sure.  Only necropsy.

  Enjoy BooBoo as long as you can....I do hope you take some type of legal 
action against those horrible people.  They should never be allowed to have any 
kind of animal!!
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Lynne 
    To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
    Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2008 4:04 PM
    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 

      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Kelley Saveika 
      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.


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