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Can I give my cat azithromycin for a runny nose If so, what

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Can I give my cat azithromycin for a runny nose? If so, what doseage?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 5 years ago.
Hello, welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian, and I'll be happy to help you in any way I can. Azithromycin is occasionally used in cats, but most cats with respiratory issues actually have viral infections, rather than bacterial infections, and therefore antibiotics such as Azithromycin are often of little use. Additionally, Azithromycin is somewhat of a "big gun" antibiotic, best reserved for cases where the more routine first-line antibiotics such as Amoxicillin have failed to treat a problem. WIth the growing problem of global antibiotic resistance in bacteria, we ALL need to take responsibility to use antibiotics properly.

Cats with upper respiratory issues will often be able to eliminate the problem on their own, with good supportive care (plenty of fluid intake, steam/humidification a few times a day to loosen congestion, antihistamines such as Chlorpheniramine (2 mg every 12 hours), and antiviral supplements such as L-Lysine, 250 mg once or twice daily. Flavored preparations of Lysine such as Viralys or Enisyl are preferred, these can be ordered online without a prescription.

Unfortunately not I, nor any other veterinarian, can legally provide a dose for a prescription medicine such as Azithromycin, for a patient whom we have not examined personally.

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