Update on FIP


Dr.Elizabeth Colleran

Specialist in feline medicine Dr. Elizabeth Colleran on national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show on feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), which is now considered treatable. Dr.Colleran says the fact that FIP is now considered treatable is the most monumental change in her career, which she greatly credits funding from the Winn Feline Foundation, now called the EveryCat Health Foundation.

The problem is the drugs to treat FIP, while available in other countries, aren’t available in the U.S. Some countries are even using Remdesivir (used to treat COVID-19 in humans), and while veterinarians in the U.S. could do this legally – what is called “off-label,” the cost isn’t to cat parents isn’t cheap and specifics about how to use it aren’t exactly clear. China was come into the U.S. market, offering to save kitten lives with their unregulated black market drugs, which mostly do work – but you never know what you’re getting. And the Chinese imports aren’t regulated and may not even arrive in the mail, though cat parents pay lots of money for the stuff. None of this would be going on if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine moved to have the U.S. catch up with a drug awaiting approval.

Dr. Colleran talks about how a Facebook group called FIP Warriors has now jumped into guide cat parents, and veterinarians are attempting to navigate all of this.

At a Winn Feline Foundation Symposium at the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis the designation of FIP was announced changed from fatal to treatable. Another symposium will be held July 8-9 at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Gainesville. More details soon posted at the EveryCat Health Foundation. Dr. Colleran and other leaders from around the globe on FIP with partake, including legendary veterinarian Dr. Niels Pedersen. FIP is actually caused by the feline coronavirus, hence the link to human health.