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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 aging cat. has asthma. s breathing is really labored and

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My aging cat. has asthma. His breathing is really labored and it sounds very wet. He is getting weak from coughing so hard and it's almost like he can barely take a breath without going into a coughing fit. He just sits hunched over, head down and to the right, looking like he's trying not to move or even so much as take a breath. He looks and sounds miserable. He doesn't have the energy to jump up on the couch. I don't know what to do for him.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

He sounds as if he needs to be in an oxygen cage until a bolus of a glucocorticosteroid such as dexamethasone given IV could take effect. Do you have access to a 24 hour veterinary care facility? There's little you can do at home other than dose him with a full 1 mg/lb of prednisolone orally but that will take some time to take effect.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin