Dear Vicky, I haven't been involved in the felvtalk emails for awhile and I really do not know the history of your cat or why you are considering FIP.
I do know that FIP is often fatal and relatively rapidly so. If you are truely dealing with FIP, I have known only one individual who has successfullly treated the disease. She used high dose IV Vitamin C. If you really believe it's FIP you need to treat aggressively, and now. There are tests that can be done to support your suspicions. FIP is generally believed to be an over active immune response to a particular mutated virus. The virus can be tested for, but not the mutated type. Additionally, elevated levels of total protein and globulins can suggest FIP. If you have other cats in the house and you suspect FIP, separate them. The virus is intestinal and easily transmitted in multicat homes. You never know who will get the mutated type though. If you're intestered in trying IV vitamin C, you will have to commit to finding a vet to administer it, be okay with putting in an IV catheter for three days a week for four weeks, and be able to get a hold of the Vitamin C. I know a pharmacy that supplies it. It costs about ten dollars a vial and the vial should last you for one week so total about thirty or forty dollars for the treatment. The vet bills would be additional. Things your vet would need to watch for during the infusion are hypoglycemia (feed the cat during the infusion, it takes about an hour, maybe two depending on how slowly you want to infuse) and hypocalcemia (this is really really rare but it is always better to be prepared than not) - they should have calcium gluconate on hand. Additionally it helps to give oral vitamin C after the infusion to avoid withdrawl issues. I can give you more specifics if you're interested Hope this helps. Jenny On Sat, Feb 18, 2012 at 5:12 AM, Tracey Shrout <dtshr...@gmail.com> wrote: > Vicky, >> > I can't tell you much about the FIP, but as for the FELV, I can tell you > the most important thing you can do for them is give them a good > species-appropriate diet. I recommend a homemade or commercial raw diet. My > felv+ (Abbey) has been on it for over 3 years and is doing remarkably well. > She was dying when I got her as a stray. All her symptoms practically > disappeared when I started feeding her the raw diet -- it was nothing short > of amazing. I also supplement her diet with 250mg of l-lysine in her food > daily, and I also give her 1/2 capsule of Transfer Factor tri-factor Plus > everyday. I may be just one of the lucky ones, but I doubt it. I tribute > her good health to her diet. This diet will keep their immune > system functioning at its fullest. Feed it to all your cats. See > catinfo.org and catnutrition.org. Low stress is also key to good health. > > As for the vomiting, I would almost guarantee this diet will cure that. 5 > or 6 years of vomiting can wreak havoc on a cats health. You didn't mention > what you were feeding them. Dry food? That may be the culprit with the > vomiting. Could be he is allergic to something in the food, or if it > contains grains, that could be the culprit. Cats cannot digest > grains...period. That is why lots of cats vomit on a regular basis. Yes, > get your negative vaccinated every year as long as he doesn't have a > reaction to it. I would definitely keep him after being re-homed so many > times. Just my 2 cents...Good luck with your kitties! > > Tracey (in Indiana) > >> ______________________________**_________________ >> Felvtalk mailing list >> Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org >> http://felineleukemia.org/**mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_** >> felineleukemia.org<http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org> >> > > > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > >
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