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Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) in Cats

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

Pet supplements for Feline Infectious Peritonitis in cats.

Herbal nutrition to help address Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) in cats.

Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is an infection caused by a virulent strain of feline corona virus (FCoV). In Feline Infectious Peritonitis, the FIP virus can replicate throughout a cat's body causing a wide variety of clinical signs. In nearly every case, once clinical signs of FIP develop, the kitten or cat will either die from the disease or need to be euthanized due to sudden and lethal progression of the disease. Supportive care is traditionally recommended through the use of Cat's Claw extract and a natural pain reliever to provide quality of life. (Please see herbal nutrition suggestions below)

The clinical signs of FIP are extremely diverse. There are two forms of FIP; one is called 'wet FIP' and the other, 'dry FIP'. In wet FIP the most obvious symptom is accumulation of fluid in the body cavities, usually in the abdomen, causing marked swelling and distension as well as the chest around the lungs, which presents with difficulty breathing.

In dry FIP, the disease mainly presents as inflammation within various tissues of the body. This can lead to very diverse and often complex clinical signs including neurological disease, ocular disease, liver disease, kidney disease and intestinal disease.

Some cats can develop both wet and dry forms of FIP, present a dizzying array of symptoms and will be incredibly ill. An infected cat may be lethargic, lose its appetite, lose weight and may also present fluctuating pyrexia.

The course of the disease can vary from a few days to a few months. In the early stages, some cats remain quite bright, but over time there is an inevitable deterioration. Unfortunately, none of the clinical signs associated with FIP make an easy diagnosis and it is often confused with other diseases due to similar symptoms.

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies are used to reduce symptoms of viral infections, to promote general, systemic health in cats, to help keep an animal free of infection, to soothe all bodily systems affected by infection, for its antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties, to support incurable viral infections such as Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), to promote immunity and reduce inflammation, diseases and conditions related to infection and to maintain the normal balance of micro flora in the gut, to promote and restore liver and digestive health.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy), for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobility.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by stopping histamine response, reduces respiratory disorders, relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation, soothes smooth muscles and tissues and alleviates respiratory congestion, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, reflux), rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD; relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, remedies skin allergies and irritations, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infection. 

Hepa Protect(learn more) supports proper liver function, metabolism, bile production and flow, rehabilitates the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder, detoxifies the kidneys and liver, tones and balances the connective tissue of the liver, kidneys and bladder, normalizes liver enzyme levels, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for all types of stones and gravel of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gallbladder, reduces uric acid, for gall bladder inflammation, gall stones and gallbladder infections, for renal colic and renal calculi.

I Want Liquid Immunity - (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which help to normalize the release of histamine from mast cells, reducing the adverse effects of allergies, used for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts (often related to poor diet and excessive medication), promotes cellular health and reduces catabolic waste, and maintains health in organs, connective tissue and cells.

Conventional Remedies:

Unfortunately there is no known treatment for FIP. In cats where the disease is diagnosed or suspected the immediate action depends on the severity of the disease. In some cases immediate euthanasia is necessary on humane grounds. In others, palliative treatment may be provided with anti-inflammatories (natural Cat’s Claw; synthetic prednisone) for a period of time to make the cat comfortable. However, the disease will eventually progress and euthanasia will inevitably be required. 

 

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