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Pet Health Concerns: Feline Infectious Peritonitis

Feline infectious peritonitis, or FIP,  is a viral infection found in cats. This infection is caused by a specific  strain of the feline coronavirus (also known as the Feline Infectious Peritonitis Virus) and with this virus, white blood cells are invaded, leading to an inflammatory response by the body. Prominent amongst cats with weaker immune system, this virus can easily affect kittens, those suffering from feline leukemia, and older cats with weakened immune response.

Symptoms of feline infectious peritonitis are sneezing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, nasal discharge, and diarrhea. Unfortunately these symptoms may not appear until the infection has progressed significantly therefore it is important to visit your veterinarian for check ups and if your cat experiences any of these symptoms. There is no current cure for FIP and it usually ends up compromising the immune system’s response and can eventually be fatal. Although this condition is quite serious, there are a variety of medications that can help alleviate some of the symptoms.

To learn more about the feline infectious peritonitis condition, check out our Pet Health Concerns Guide. By enrolling your pet with Trupanion pet insurance, your cat or dog’s policy will include coverage for diagnostic tests, medications, surgeries, hereditary and congenital disorders, as long as treatment for a certain condition is required after enrolling and is not pre-existing.

Has your pet ever experienced any problems with feline infectious peritonitis? If so, we would love to hear from you and any comments, advice, experiences, of thoughts on this condition.

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