Diagnosing and Testing for FIP

FIP Differential Diagnoses

FIP Diagnostic Tests

Glasgow University’s Vet Diagnostic Services is a world leading expert service in terms of their FIP expertise, their testing procedures and equipment, their clinical expert FIP staff and their turnaround times for results with accompanying comments and feedback re FIP specifically and also differential diagnoses etc. They are the only supplier of a world class FIP diagnostic profile constructed by them based on many thousands of hours of research profiling FIP based on fifteen years’ worth of data from the Veterinary Diagnostic Services’ database: https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/bohvm/vetdiagnostics/researchprojects/fip/

Glasgow University Vet Diagnostic Services “FIP Profile”: on page 5 here: https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/bohvm/vetdiagnostics/pricelist/ at £51 plus Vat and order form on page 1 here under “Dry and Wet FIP Profile”: https://www.gla.ac.uk/media/Media_921929_smxx.pdf

Glasgow University Veterinary Diagnostic Services’ “FIP Profile”

Tests can be ordered separately eg for treatment monitoring or during the observation period. Full haematology and biochemistry panel tests on page 4 here: https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/bohvm/vetdiagnostics/pricelist/ at £40 and £21 and order form here: https://www.gla.ac.uk/media/Media_921929_smxx.pdf

The Alpha-1-acid glycoprotein (AGP) test on page 5 here: https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/bohvm/vetdiagnostics/pricelist/ at £19 and top of page 2 on order form here: https://www.gla.ac.uk/media/Media_921929_smxx.pdf is an excellent baseline test that will be retested near the end of Bova UK FIP treatment (as is expected as stated by Professor Danielle Gunn Moore, FIP Expert in the December 26th 2022 ISFM FIP podcast.) The costs for the Glasgow Tests are excluding VAT. Experience proves there have been no markups added to these by individual Veterinary practices.

Only the usual appointment charge is made and a nominal charge for blood sampling. GUVS supplies free postage and samples containers if required. Please see half way down the page here for details: https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/bohvm/vetdiagnostics/submitasample/

Anaemia Examples and Treatment

FIP Risk Factors and Symptoms

The Urgency of Treatment

Wet FIP Example

Abdominal fluid removal – must be done with extra caution as it removes lots of protein from the body suddenly (the Wet FIP cat may eat ravenously to replenish its proteins which are taken by the FIP effusion. It is vital they are fed high protein food to help them.)

Chest fluid removal – is essential when the cat has difficulty breathing.

(Video contributed by A. Lambrecht)

Wet FIP Diagnostics – Video Example of a Rivalta’s Test

(Video contributed by A. Lambrecht)