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Webinar: Diagnosis and Management of Feline Infectious Peritonitis

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A free online class brought to you by Bioguard

Get familiar with feline infectious peritonitis. Sponsored by Bioguard Corporation and presented by Dr. Yung-Tsun Lo, DVM /Ph.D., this is the next webinar you don't want to miss it.

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Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a fatal illness that is caused by an infection of feline coronavirus. Unfortunately, once a cat displays clinical symptoms, the disease progresses rapidly, and almost always results in death. Diagnosing FIP is quite challenging and usually requires a combination of signalment, clinical signs, and diagnostic aids to obtain a diagnosis. The purpose of this webinar is to provide essential information on how to identify FIP in cats and introduce current progress in antiviral treatments studies.


Dr. Lo obtained his D.V.M. degree from National Chiayi University and his Ph.D. from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University. He has expertise in virology, clinical microbiology, and immunology. Previously, he worked as the Director of the Reference Lab at Bioguard Corporation. Currently, he works as Technical Support Manager at Bioguard Corporation.

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Nov. 29

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8 PM – 9 PM

Taipei Local Time

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Diagnosis of Feline Infectious Peritonitis

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Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is a fatal disease caused by the Feline Coronavirus (FCoV). It's most prevalent in young cats who are under two years old. The development of FIP leads to death in almost every case, which is why prompt and accurate diagnosis is essential, although it can be quite challenging.

How does FCoV cause FIP?

Feline Infectious Peritonitis Virus (FIPV) is derived from a mutation of the Feline Enteric Coronavirus (FECV) within a cat's body. The primary mode of transmission for FECV is through oral contact with feces contaminated with the virus, such as sharing a litter box. Asymptomatic mother cats can also vertically transmit the virus to kittens. Although the infection rate of FECV is very high in cats kept in groups, only about 5% of cases mutate into  

FIPV. Factors such as age, surgery, vaccinations, seasonal changes, or infection with feline leukemia virus or feline immunodeficiency virus, which lead to immunosuppression, make cats more susceptible to FIP.

Differences between FECV and FIPV

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Diagnostic tests of FIP

Diagnosing feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a complex task. The lack of specific clinical symptoms, especially in cases without effusion, makes it challenging. To diagnose FIP, a combination of medical history, symptoms, hematological examination, imaging studies, effusion analysis, and laboratory tests are required. It is crucial to understand the sensitivity, specificity, predictive values, likelihood ratios, and diagnostic accuracy of each diagnostic method to diagnose FIP correctly. The specificity of diagnostic tests is more important than sensitivity in highly fatal diseases like FIP, as it helps prevent the euthanasia of cats wrongly diagnosed with FIP.

Traditional infectious disease diagnostics involve detecting the presence of the pathogen. However, regular feline coronavirus PCR tests cannot differentiate between Feline Enteric Coronavirus (FECV) and Feline Infectious Peritonitis Virus (FIPV). Even if a positive result is obtained, it does not confirm the virus's association with the disease. Relying solely on mutation points still does not guarantee a 100% diagnosis, although further mutation analysis can confirm whether it's FECV or FIPV. Blood sample PCR results are usually not helpful for diagnosing FIP. The only definitive method to confirm FIP is by detecting the virus within the tissues (via antigen staining or RT-PCR), which requires collecting tissue pathology samples. Immunostaining for Feline Coronavirus (FCoV) antigen within macrophages in the lesion area is considered the gold standard for diagnosing FIP.

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Bioguard’s Qmini PCR can detect feline coronavirus RNA in 90 minutes at your clinics using pleural/ abdominal effusion or feces as samples.

To learn more about Qmini PCR, click here
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