Salems lifesaving treatment

Salem is an adult, solid black cat that was found wandering with a local feral cat colony. He was exceptionally friendly, and so our dog only household had to learn to live with this fussy, grumpy old man who would eat pastries and lick butter when not watched. Salem's favorite thing we have found is taking care of kittens. We tnr'd the colony he was in, and he helped socialize all of the babies we brought in

This December, I noticed Salem was slower, and sleeping more. Not knowing his age, I went ahead and scheduled a vet visit anyway to see if there was something simple wrong that we could catch early. The vet's at the clinic acknowledged that he looked fine but I had a full blood panel done anyway.

His blood work was extremely abnormal, and the vet had us immediately run a fip titer, which came back positive
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Salem has been diagnosed with  FIP, Feline Infectious Peritonitis is a devastating condition that attacks the immune system and Central nervous system. In recent years, a medication has been developed by veterinary scientist Dr. Neil’s Penderson (UC Davis) to treat cats With FIP. The medication, GS-441524, has so far shown remarkable promises. This medication is not yet FDA approved but is still available through a group of amazing compassionate people who have experience with curing FIP.
 This medication was actually suggested by the vet, even though it is currently only accessable by purchasing site unseen from overseas. The group of people that help aquire the medication make sure to independently test and monitor each brand and batch as there is no quality control like normal medication, it is essentially being sold like supplements are today, with higher quality brands and lower quality brands that still work.
 Salem had fluid pulled from his abdomen to prove that he was in the beginning stages of the disease. The same day I was able to aquire a bottle to start treatment before he got bad. Improvement was seen overnight, squashing fears that I was simply giving him saline injections.

The current issue is that the medication is incredibly expensive, similar to human medications for rare diseases. I can only afford to use the cheapest brand on Salem, which is still $90 a vial. At his current weight, he gets 3 vials a week. 
 While many people are having issues affording their bills currently, I am a disabled college student. All saved funds have gone towards his treatment, and I have used all available credit lines. 
  He has had 20 days of injections so far and has continually improved, with no side affects. I have had to learn how to give subcutaneous injections to him myself, since it is not a prescribed medication a vet cannot do it, not to mention the lockdown. He needs a minimum of 84 days of treatment, and out of the 5ml vials he needs 2ml a night. He will also need repeat bloodwork at the fourth week of treatment and the right week of treatment to make sure he's healing. 
 
Funding is needed primarily for the physical medication, so that he may continue to stay with us. I caught his disease incredibly early due to losing another cat to wet fip 6 months ago, so with treatment he has a very good chance of coming out of treatment cured.

Donations

  • Ronald Taibi 
    • $60 
    • 5 d
  • Sara Lawson  
    • $50 
    • 17 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 23 d
  • Katie Kohut 
    • $30 
    • 26 d

Organizer

Morgan Polk 
Organizer
Plant City, FL
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