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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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I am fostering two 5 week old kittens. They are now sneezing

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I am fostering two 5 week old kittens. They are now sneezing a lot and seem to be watery. One of the volunteers said maybe they have upper respiratory infections and perhaps need antibiotics. What antibiotics and how many mg are safe for kittens this tiny?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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In actuality, most of these kittens don't need antibiotics because upper respiratory infections at this age most often go into remission unaided. Feline herpesvirus(FHV-1) is the most common of the infectious agents and doesn't respond to antibiotics at all. We see Chlamydophila and Mycoplasma less commonly and those do respond to doxycycline but, once again, are expected to remiss on their own.
In general, as long as kittens continue to eat and drink, I don't treat with anything more than supplemental fluids given subcutaneously and force feeding if they stop eating and drinking. If I deem antibiotics to be necessary, doxycycline would make the most sense but a compounded flavored slurry of that antibiotic is most appropriate. An oral potentiated amoxicillin (Clavamox) is next best and dosed at just 5.7 mg/lb twice daily for two weeks.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Hi Laila,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin