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My cat has runny eyes all the time, is this a sign of upper

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My cat has runny eyes all the time, is this a sign of upper respiratory problem, and if so what can I do to help?
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

Sandi, runny eyes (epiphora if there are excess tears) usually result from one of two disorders in cats. Less commonly I'll find eyelid abnormalities which predispose to irritation of the cornea. The eyelids would need to be surgically corrected. More common is an infectious conjunctivitis - primarily from the feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) - but I also consider the bacterial infections by Mycoplasma and Chlamydophila. The bacterial infections should respond to an over the counter ophthalmic ointment called Terramycin (please see here: also found in some pet/feed stores when administered thrice daily for 10 consecutive days. FHV-1 will require a prescription ophthalmic product containing an antiviral drug such as cidofovir.

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