Message Number: FHL2157 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2007 20:49:37 EDT
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re:FIP in ferrets
How was this ferret diagnosed with FIP?
what are the clinical signs? when was he diagnosed?
and how old is this ferret?
1) Yes, I have heard of it
2) and I have had 3 cases so far. 2 have been put down, but 1
is still alive and doing well. He was treated with just Pediapred.
Diagnosis is made by the clinical signs, bloodwork (anemia, and
elevated globulins from a polyclonal hypergammaglobulinemia),
biopsy of the lesion (with pyogranulomatous inflammation), and
it is positive by Immunohistochemostry for the coronavirus.
Treatment can include Pediapred, Cytoxan, antibiotics, and
interferon omega. Interferon omega helps in cats when giving
early in the disease process. More info on FIP in cats can be
found at www.catvirus.com
3)This disease is believed to be from the ferret coronavirus. We
do not know if this disease is contagious at this time.
4) Bleach is the best way to kill viruses, so clean cages, food bowls,
litter boxes, etc with bleach (ie Clorox Clean-Up).
Hope that helps and get back to us with more info on this ferret.
Jerry Murray, DVM
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