That's kind of a dismal thought Diane isn't it.  You only know you have the 
disease after it kills you !!  
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Rosenfeldt, Diane 
  Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2008 4:27 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
  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 
    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.


    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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