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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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My cat had trouble breathing and is loosing her voice, the

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my cat had trouble breathing and is loosing her voice, the vet here took xrays and said he didn't know what was arong with her, i pushed him to give her an allergy shot and a round of antibiotics, he did and she seamed better with the breathing but her voice was still ruff and rattled. what is wrong with my cat? she is 5 yrs old and was born with acute mucus in her nose and eyes.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
The two most common causes of a change in voice in cats are the feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) and the bacterium Bordetella bronchiseptica. FHV-1 is more likely because sniffles has a history of respiratory infection - the "mucus in her nose and eyes" - and FHV-1 remains in the body lifelong only to recrudesce (relapse without cure in between events) in times of stress. The "allergy shot" which I suspect was a corticosteroid would reduce inflammation in her respiratory tract and improve how she sounds and the antibiotics might address Bordetella but not FHV-1. In either case, Sniffles is expected to remiss within 3 weeks. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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