Wet FIP is characterised by the development of ascites with weight loss, depression, anaemia and death.
- As well as ascites, pleural and pericardial effusion occurs in about 20% of cases and in these cats dyspnoea is a prominent clinical sign.
- Jaundice is also sometimes seen, especially in the later stages of disease.
- Some cats may also have uveitis, and small granulomatous lesions more typical of dry FIP may be found at necropsy.
Although FIP is often thought of as two discrete syndromes, wet and dry FIP not mutually exclusive descriptions. Eye or CNS lesions may be clinically apparent in up to 10% of cases of wet FIP and many cats with wet FIP have some lesions of dry FIP at necropsy. There are also occasional accounts of cats with wet FIP apparently recovering but then developing dry FIP.
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