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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My cat has been coughing and trying to bring up something.

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My cat has been coughing and trying to bring up something. The vets said she didn't have a cold but she has brought up some mucus(I think) I don't know if she has fluid in her lungs. Vets said she could just have a scratched throat so she gave her some anti inflammatory. She is still!l coughing and now wheezing after coughing. What would you do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I would X-ray the chest of such a patient. Coughing cats are most often asthmatic although we do see coughing with feline herpesvirus infections involving the larynx (laryngitis) which also often causes a loss of voice. We look for over-inflated lungfields, increased bronchovascular markings, and alveolar (patchy) densities in the lungs of asthmatic cats. A complete blood count should be performed as well. An increased number of the white blood cell eosinophil will support the diagnosis of asthma.

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