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Retrospective study of cats treated for suspected feline infectious peritonitis. 2. The effect of different treatment regimes on the survival rate



Retrospective study of cats treated for suspected feline infectious peritonitis. 2. The effect of different treatment regimes on the survival rate



Tieraerztliche Umschau 50(10): 721-724, 727-728



Twenty-nine cats with suspected feline infectious peritonitis were randomly divided into 5 groups and treated as follows. Group 1 (8 cats): 4 mg prednisolone per kg bw/day for six weeks. Group 2 (4 cats): 2 mg dexamethasone intramuscularly on days one and five and 20 mg ampicillin per kg bw three times daily for ten days. Group 3 (5 cats): 600,000 IU human alpha 2a interferon for five days, two days no treatment repeated once and ending with five days of interferon treatment. Group 4 (7 cats): 0.5 ml of paramunity inducer Baypamun administered intramuscularly once a week for six weeks. Group 5 (5 cats): untreated. The cats were clinically examined annually for three years, during which 37.5% of cats in Group 1 died, 50% in Group 2, 60% in Group 3, 29% in Group 4 and 80% in the control group. It was concluded that any one of the treatment regimes is beneficial during the early stages of the disease, but they only result in temporary remissions. Further trials are necessary.

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