FELINE INFECTIOUS PERITONITIS TREATMENT
Concord Veterinary Hospital is committed to providing comprehensive care for its feline patients, including the diagnosis and management of Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), a complex and serious viral disease affecting cats. The hospital’s experienced veterinarians and support staff work together to provide personalised treatment plans and compassionate care for cats diagnosed with FIP
We are proud to be at the forefront of feline veterinary medicine, including staying up to date with the latest legal treatment options for Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). FIP is a fatal disease in cats caused by a mutant feline coronavirus (completely unrelated to COVID-19). Broadly speaking, there are two types of FIP – a wet form where fluid accumulates in the body cavities, and a dry form where lymph nodes often enlarge and diagnosis is more challenging. Devastatingly, FIP generally affects young cats and kittens.
Until recently, owners had limited options to treat this fatal disease. However, there is now a legal treatment called Remdesivir – a potent antiviral – which has proven to be an effective treatment for FIP. Concord Veterinary Hospital is one of the first hospitals in Australia, in conjunction with Richard Malik, to conduct treatment trials in FIP patients. We have had two patients, one with the wet form and one with the dry form of FIP, who are being successfully trialled on Remdesivir so far. Both patients are responding well, and we are expecting a full recovery after 6 to 8 weeks of treatment. This is truly groundbreaking, considering FIP was once a 100% fatal disease.
Treatment involves admitting the patient to the hospital for 3 to 4 days for initial high-dose treatment, followed by 6 to 8 weeks of subcutaneous injections administered by the owner (we will teach you!). Antivirals are not inexpensive drugs. The expected cost for a 2kg cat, including initial treatment, Remdesivir, monthly blood tests, and check-ups, would be $5000+, not including diagnostics to diagnose FIP in your cat. The good news is that if you have pet insurance, it will be covered, as the drug is entirely legal.