Why is FIP Difficult to Treat and What Are Its Risk Factors?

Why is FIP Difficult to Treat and What Are Its Risk Factors?


Why is FIP difficult treat? The
major reason is it’s a virus and, although a lot of veterinarians put
their cats on antibiotics, antibiotics do not have a strong or specific effect
against viruses. And so that’s basically why our current research is targeted to
identifying and characterizing specific, what we call antiviral agents, that
attack the virus directly. There is a genetic risk factor, which by our best
estimate accounts for about 50% of the risk. The other 50% are
environmental factors, such as age at the time of exposure to enteric coronavirus,
the level of exposure to enteric coronavirus, being taken away from their
mothers and not obtaining normal maternal immunity, stresses of
overcrowded, stresses from malnutrition—many different factors that
would reduce the ability of the cat to respond to the infection.

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