Feline Coronavirus and FIP  Diagnosis & Prevention
Biogal Academy | Feline Coronavirus and FIP Diagnosis

Welcome to Feline Coronavirus (FCoV) / Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) online course

FCoV is a highly contagious (faecal-oral transmission) common virus in domestic cat populations around the world. Infection is often subclinical or characterized by a transient gastrointestinal illness, in kittens and newly infected adult cats.

Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) assumed to be caused by a more virulent mutation of FCoV and is considered to be a highly fatal multisystemic disease.

This course deals with:

  • FIP diagnostics, prevention and potential treatments
  • Why FCoV screening is an important step for FIP prevention
  • Implementation of ImmunoComb FCoV Antibody Test in practice


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Training program

Feline Coronavirus and FIP Diagnosis & Prevention

At the time of this webinar (May 2020) most of the world is reeling from the emergence of a novel human coronavirus (CoV), known as SARS-CoV2. Yet for many cat breeders and rescue shelter workers, the fact that coronaviruses can wreak havoc and misery comes as no surprise: most of them have already done battle with feline coronavirus (FCoV) and its occasional fatal consequence, feline infectious peritonitis (FIP).

How does FCoV cause FIP

•Whenever FCoV infection exists, so does the potential for FIP development, with a 10% probability in the feline coronavirus infected population.
•Why some cats are asymptomatic and others develop feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), is unknown but assumed to be caused by a more virulent mutation of FCoV.
•While most cats recover from FCoV infection, some factors could increase the likelihood of FIP developing:
Young age (kittens between 3 month – 2 years old)
A genetic breed tendency
The cat’s immune status
Stress levels
Dose and virulence of the virus
Crowded environment (multi-cats households, shelters, and catteries)

Diagnostics of FIP (FCoV)

FIP diagnostic is challenging as clinical signs are diverse (depending on the involved organs), and therefore not specific to FIP and can mimic many other medical conditions.  On the other hand the accuracy of FIP diagnosis is highly important as being almost a 100% fatal disease which mostly ends with euthanasian of the FIP infected cat.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a one simple blood test to confirm a diagnosis of FIP, rather than multi-stages and tools combinations in order to get to the most accurate diagnosis possible.

FIP Treatment and prevention

Treatment of FIP

FIP remains a challenging disease to treat and in many cases incurable and fatal. In most cases supportive care (fluid therapy, anti-inflammatory drugs) only relieve signs for a short time.

Prevention of FIP

A commercial vaccine is available in some countries to help protect against FIP. However, this vaccine (while showing some efficacy) can only be given to kittens over 16 weeks of age. The major indication for using such a vaccine would be in breeding households, especially with a history of FIP, but by the time a kitten can be vaccinated (at 16 weeks) they would almost invariably have already been exposed to FCoV infection and so the vaccine probably has little or no value…Hence, growing awareness of FIP among pet owners and promoting screening of FCoV became extremely important! 

FCoV screening

In order to make sure your cat is FCoV-free, an antibody blood test could be performed indicating exposure or infection. When screening cats for coronavirus antibodies, it is important to use a highly sensitive test kit that can detect all positive cats, not missing any.
Due to its performance of 100% sensitivity (with a negative result indicating an FCoV/FIP-free cat), Biogal’s ImmunoComb Feline Coronavirus FCoV (FIP) Antibody Test Kit is highly recommended by Dr. Diane Addie in her published study comparing a variety of FCoV antibody tests.

Biogal FCoV (FIP) Antibody Detecting Kit

The ImmunoComb® FCoV Antibody Test Kit is designed for measuring
serum IgG antibody levels of FCoV in cats, to monitor FCoV infections
and assist in the diagnosis of FIP.Our video gives complete instructions of how to make a test, read results, and how to interpret it we do hope you have learned in our course!

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