Update on feline infectious peritonitis

01 Sep 2020

Barker, E., Tasker, S.

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Background: Feline coronavirus (FCoV) infection in cats is common, usually only causing mild intestinal signs, such as diarrhoea. It is highly infectious and found worldwide. A sequela of FCoV infection, feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), is a common cause of death in young cats, occurring in up to 10 per cent of cats infected with FCoV. Although suspicion of FIP is frequent in sick, particularly young, cats, obtaining a definitive diagnosis using non- or minimally-invasive approaches is difficult.

Aim of the article: This article provides an update regarding diagnosing cases of FIP and guidance on current treatment recommendations.