Anya, the 7-year-old birman cat, was suffering from feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), a “100% fatal” viral infection caused by feline coronavirus.
That was, until Auckland vet Dr Habin Choi intervened, giving Anya an antiviral used to treat Covid-19 called molnupiravir.
Twelve weeks later, Anya is “back to normal” both physically and in blood tests, which vets involved in her care say is “phenomenal”.
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Until very recently, FIP was considered to be non-treatable, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine says.
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