Dr. Jennifer Creed, a veterinarian serving a Chicago-area animal boarding facility, underwent her professional training at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. An animal healthcare provider interested in purebred felines, Dr. Jennifer Creed has experience treating ragdoll cats, a breed susceptible to illnesses like feline infectious peritonitis (FIP).
A disease uncommon in indoor cats that live in one-cat residences, FIP is a very serious illness that inexorably leads to death. Unfortunately, veterinarian researchers have yet to discover a cure for the disease, though a controversial FIP vaccine has been developed.
However, most cats exposed to the virus that causes FIP do not go on to develop FIP, which is characterized by either “dry” symptoms like weight loss, jaundice, and neurological problems or “effusive” symptoms like fluid buildup in the abdomen. Cats with effusive FIP usually succumb much faster than those exhibiting the dry version.
The key risk factor for FIP centers on living conditions that bring many individual cats together in one space, where the cats become exposed to each other’s infected feces. Veterinarians have few options when treating patients with FIP, though in mild forms of the “dry” condition, treatment may prolong life.