Feline Infectious Peritonitis
Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) refers to the inflammation of the abdomen. Two forms of FIP have been identified — the wet and dry forms. Wet FIP is characterized by the accumulation of fluid in the abdomen. The form of FIP that develops depend to a large extent on the type of immune response mounted by the cat’s body to fight the causative virus. Cats with FIP suffer from inflammation of the liver, lungs, and other major body organs, causing damage to these important organs. In most cases, diagnosis of FIP is often made when it is already well-advanced and extremely severe. When severe signs are already manifested by the cat, the problem is already at a stage in which treatment is useless and the progress of the disease is very rapid. Diagnosing FIP in its early stages is actually hard. There is no specific test that can help diagnose the problem.
Contact your vet Rochester, NY on the pros and cons of vaccinating your cat against FIP.