A few days ago I posted about the reversal of FIP that I saw in my kitten Angelica on high dose intravenous ascorbic acid and have been following these subsequent posts with some bit of sadness. I believe Jenny makes the most valid arguments and in an effort to provide more details about what happened and help you see the timeline, I submit the following histories. Note: This will be in two parts because of length limits.
Lukey 1. My FeLV cat Lukey died on October 1 from what we now believe was FIP. He had been healthy and given the best supplements, diet and care possible. When his furnished garage home was flooded in August 2009 we had to relocate the three FeLV cats including Lukey to the back porch while we recovered from the flooding. The stress of the ordeal triggered an illness in Lukey, though at the time it was thought he was just in the end stages of the FeLV disease. I now believe it was FIP for a number of reasons, not the least of which is because his chronic high fevers, inappetence, lethargy and weight loss continued for weeks and weeks, even when he responded to the LTCI injections and blood transfusion and his anemia was improving. At that time it didn't occur to me that some latent FIP might have been triggered by the stress of the flooding and relocation. Despite our efforts, including two separate vitamin C drips (the only time when Lukey appeared to feel better), Lukey died after placement of an esophageal feeding tube and even then it did not occur to me that he could have had FIP. However, his vet later mentioned that during placement of the feeding tube while Lukey was under anesthesia his intestines felt "gummy" and she realized that we had probably been dealing with FIP all along and missed it. Had I only known, in retrospect (based only on what I learned after the death of Chuckie below), I should have put Lukey on the ascorbate drips according to the protocol provided by Wendell Belfield, DVM, pushed him to the highest possible dosage (2g per pound of body weight), and continued the drips until his fevers came down and then for 4-5 days after that. We just didn't know what we were dealing with. During the time we cared for Lukey we were focused on doing everything possible to save him and his care was very "hands on." Though we keep buckets of hand sanitizer in the garage and use it faithfully before coming back into the house among our other cats, it is very possible that we carried FIP into the household on our clothes from the constant contact and syringe feeding of Lukey. Again, keep in mind that we were not focused on the possibility that he had FIP. In the household were three young kittens who were pulled from a Kentucky kill shelter at just six weeks of age before they were scheduled to be PTS. At the time of Lukey's first symptoms in late August 2009 of what we now believe was FIP, the kittens were only 3 1/2 months old. Continued in next post . . Sally Snyder Jewell Sally Snyder Jewell, Marketing Director Tower Laboratories Corporation www.HeartTech.com 1-877-TOWER-LABS Practicing Medicine Without <http://www.hearttech.com/books_and_videos.html> a License? The Story of the Linus Pauling Therapy for Heart Disease, by Owen Fonorow and Sally Snyder Jewell _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org