FIP Explained: Treatment Options with Dr. Brian Holub
Dr. Brian Holub explains in a 2-part interview on the national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show how today we can thank the EveryCat Health Foundation for what we know about FIP. Dr.Holub is a board member of EveryCat and on the scientific advisory panel for many years.
For many decades the non-profit funder of cat health studies, the Winn Feline Foundation – now known as the EveryCat Health Foundation – has continued to fund studies on Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). The disease is so complicated that researchers still don’t exactly know why in some cats the feline coronavirus transforms into FIP and in other cats it doesn’t happen. Dr. Holub explains that while researchers around the world have studied FIP with funding from the non-profit, it’s Dr. Niels Pedersen, now professor emeritus, University California, Davis College of Veterinary Medicine who focused much of his career on FIP.
For years, the studies were directed on merely trying to understand the disease. More recently the effort has been on treatment In fact, there is a treatment for FIP, which is no longer considered fatal but is instead considered treatable.
Here’s the recent paper from the American Association Feline Practitioners/EveryCat Health Foundation called: 2022 AAFP/EveryCat Feline Infectious Peritonitis Diagnosis Guidelines.
Here’s the story regarding Remdisivir and FIP.
While there’s increased optimism about FDA drug approval, Dr. Holub explains that meanwhile what’s out there on the black market – may not be ideal – but may also may save your kittie’s life.