On June 23, the The Winn Feline Foundation brought to legends in veterinary medicine together for the 33ed Annual Winn Feline Foundation Symposium, held in Reston, VA. Now, you can LISTEN IN to both Dr. Al Legendre, of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, Knoxville and Dr. Niels Pederson, University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and SOCK FIP.
The Winn Feline Foundation has made the entire Symposium available for you to listen to a no charge. (With apologies for poor sound quality)
Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) has been considered fatal, and the most heartbreaking disease than can happen to our pets; it most often happens to kittens. And it occurs more often than previously thought. As many as 10 in 100 kittens succumbs of FIP. This must stop!
Part #1: I began the Symposium with a brief discussion of FIP, and offering a broad history of the Winn Feline Foundation, then introduced Dr. Al Legendre, who explained how a drug called Polyprenyl Immunostimulant (PI) --originally targeted to help cats with feline herpes virus (rhinotracheitis) -- has been studied to treat cats with one type of FIP (dry, or non-effusive FIP). The Winn Feline Foundation funded a trial, which offered amazing results. Legendre offers many details, and revealed the availability of PI.
Part #2: Dr. Niels Pedersen director Center for Companion Animal Health, University of California School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis. Pedersen explain what we know about FIP, what we think we know about FIP and what we still don't know. He talks about the need for cheek swabs so he can continue his work on studying the genetic link.
Part #3: Legendre and Pedersen participated in a question and answer session.
Again CLICK HERE to listen in on the Symposium. The Winn Feline Foundation feels that there should be no fee for scientifically based cat health information (lots of content is available at the Winn Feline Foundation website).
While there is no fee to listen in - we do hope you will consider a contribution, whatever you feel you can afford, to the Bria Fund, which supports further understanding, and hopefully to find solutions to FIP.
Here's an overview print story on the Winn Feline Foundation Symposium.
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