FIP New Drug Trial Update: Day #3

Today was very much like yesterday; a quiet weekend day at the clinic. We met Dr. Montgomery once again at 9:00 a.m. and walked into Luna's room to find a very vocal and playful Savannah girl! Today it was quite clear that her abdominal distention is improving. Her coat even appears brighter and less "fluffed up" as you can see in the photo below from a week ago. Luna wanted to play with the ball and feather teaser more aggressively and this is the most playful that she has been since her symptoms became noticeable almost 2 weeks ago!Luna's temp was 100.4, so that is staying within normal range. She seems a bit weak in her back legs when she's running around, which Dr. Montgomery picked up on. Who knows if that is connected to the FIP or not, but we will talk with Dr. Pedersen about that tomorrow when he is back.

She received dose #3 of the drug and this time, she was quite vocal about it for about 20-30 seconds and then went about her business of exploring the room, hiding under the cage, and playing with the feather toy.Dr. Montgomery updated us again this evening, stating that Luna's temp is still normal, her demeanor playful, and that she got to play with her children for a bit. I'm sure she is bored and lonely being there during the weekend all alone, but again, it's necessary for her to heal properly.We have to keep telling ourselves what Dr. Pedersen said at the start of the trial, "this is a TRIAL not a TREATMENT".

That said, everyone is still cautiously optimistic and pleased with her response to the drug thus far. It's so hard not to get overly excited with her progress! Dr. Pedersen has been working on a FIP treatment/cure since the 1960's. Here's to hoping that this is the breakthrough he's been searching for!!!