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My 13 pound mainecoon has had an upper respiratory

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My 13 pound mainecoon has had an upper respiratory infection for weeks. She was on a course of clavamox, ran through that and then ran through a course of azithromycin at 40ml. She had been doing great with the azithromycin but then all of a sudden started showing symptoms again. She has been to the vet and they just gave her a nasal decongestant. Since then, I have been giving her apple cider vinegar, lysine and colloidal silver. She has not gotten much better, but I started the ACV just yesterday. Right now, I am considering getting her some more azithromycin to supplement it with since it has worked well the first time.
A little bit about her medical history. She was adopted from a breeder over a month ago and came home with a raging URI, fleas, worms and gum disease.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Please consider attempting to clarify which infectious agent(s) you're dealing with. This is done best by PCR testing which is pricey but very specific and sensitive. I'm primarily interested in the feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) which is most common but doesn't respond to antibiotics; instead, an antiviral drug such as famciclovir should be considered; Chlamydophila and Mycoplasma - both of which are best addressed with doxycycline. Care has to be taken when receiving a positive FHV-1 diagnosis by PCR because prior vaccination will confound the diagnosis. If no other infectious agents are identified, however, active FHV-1 should be assumed to be present.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Having paid for an answer which basically directs me to my vet for an answer isn't very helpful or cost effective. It defeats the purpose of having come here in the first place
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I understand.

Expert:  Jess K replied 1 year ago.

Hello, this is Dr. Jess. Just clarifying, is your question whether or not more azithromycin may be indicated? How long of a course of this did your kitty take before?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It's too late. I was not told that another vet would work my case here so I already took her to the local vet who gave her some steroids, azithromycin and hit me with a $60 bill. According to the last vet, the issue can't be solved until I take her to the vet. I just requested a refund.
Expert:  Jess K replied 1 year ago.

Ok, just making sure.