Updated: Apr 12
WE HAVE VERY HAPPY NEWS TO SHARE WITH YOU!
As of today, a little less than 2 years since we began offering FIP treatment to cats across Southeast Asia, we celebrate the 7000th cat has successfully exited our treatment program.
We have learned a ton about treating cats with FIPV. Here are some data from the past 23 months.
Treatment success rate: 89%
Relapse rate: ~3%
Average Treatment Length (in weeks): 6.2
Treatment success rate is calculated based on cats that have completed treatment according their doctors, and did not experience relapse within 3 months after exiting our FIP treatment program. Many cats (mostly in Asia) did not complete the recommended 12 weeks treatment due to financial reasons or doctor's judgement call. They were not included in this reporting.
Treatment failures were caused by:
Starting the treatment too late. Usually due to misdiagnosis by doctors until the final stages of FIP infection. Cats usually dies within 4 days after commencing the treatment.
Owner's hesitation. Some owners took too long to decide because they received conflicting information about the treatment from their doctors, or conflicting information from competing brands' resellers. Some brands have resellers that are very aggressive and will spread rumours and bad-mouth competitors with unsubstantiated claims in order to make a sale.
Organ failures such as liver jaundice. FIP virus when treated late often cause kidney and liver damages. Once these organ fails, there is no way to save the cat.
Cat losing sprit to live. Some cats have strong will to survive than others. While it is hard to quantify the will to survive scientifically, we have seen cats living with FIP for 3 months without GS treatment, simple from the love and care of their owners, while some cats dies within a few weeks. Those cats that have strong will to survive often do, even when treatment was given during very late stages.
Other diseases. When cats suffered from multiple diseases, FIP became the tipping point disease. These cats became simply too difficult to treat and were euthanised.
Relapse rate is calculated based on completing the 84 days treatment according to the doctors, but exhibited FIP symptoms within 3 months after completing the FIP treatment.
Main causes of relapse were:
Insufficient dosage. Especially for dry FIP cases where infection severity were difficult to assess accurately. Dry FIP cases makes up ≥2/3 of relapse cases. Wet FIP makes up ≤⅓ relapse cases.
Stopping the treatment too early. Sometimes owners stopped treatment due to financial reasons or their doctor's recommendations. These relapse cases usually see FIP symptoms returning within 4 weeks of treatment stoppage.
Organ damages, related and unrelated to FIP infection, left untreated during the FIP treatment.
Poor immunity caused by other chronic diseases.
Neutering within 3 months of FIP treatment completion. We strongly advise all cat owners not to neuter your cat within 90 days of treatment completion.
We were surprised to learn that breed and age were non-factors in relapse cases in cats we have treated thus far. This is great news for owners of kittens and older cats, and for owners of cat breeds such as British Shorthair, Scottish Fold, Mainecoon which are particularly susceptible to FIP viral infection.
Is your cat recently diagnosed with Feline Infectious Peritonitis? Contact us to learn how you can safely and effectively treat FIP and save your cat.
Published by: www.basmifipindia.com