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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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He's 12 has been sneezing a bunch for the past two weeks.

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He's 12 has been sneezing a bunch for the past two weeks. But no hope eyes are discharge. Still eating
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about He 's?
Customer: His fur seems to be rougher and he's been very affectionate pass couple days .Usually independent
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your older cat. Please clarify "no hope eyes are..."

In most cases, such sneezing results from the feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) which thankfully remisses unaided in the great majority of cases within 1-3 weeks. I also see bacterial conjunctivitises in cats due to either Chlamydophila or Mycoplasma which respond to systemic doxycycline. This antibiotic should be considered for your cat if you're not seeing improvement over the the last two weeks. FHv-1 doesn't respond to such an antibiotic but it's the antibiotic of choice for those bacterial infections.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
No goop in eyes or other cold symptoms
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

Thank you. Sneezing only, then. Those respiratory infectious agents I mentioned above still apply. An allergic rhinitis ("hay fever") is a consideration but such a rhinitis is poorly documented in cats. It would be interesting to see how an over the counter antihistamine such as chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton) dosed at 2 mg daily affects him. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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