My 7yr.old cat has an upper respiratory infection. I have 4 other cats and another cat had what I thought was an allergy or cold - sneezing and looking like he had a cold with a little mucous coming from eyes. He wasn't compromised with any other illness and was over it in 5 days. Willy, the patient now, has what the vet called a severe uri. Willy is a diabetic and has been injected for over a year with insulin l00units twice/day.When he got uri, his blood sugar dropped - I thought he was dying; he couldn't breathe. I called the vet and he was kept overnight. He gave him glucose in house test, fluid theraph SQ - l0 to 20, A/D Feline Canine Cans, Penicillin G (Procaine) 250mg, vitamin B l2 injectable,Diphenhydramine Feline l0#,clavamox drops l5mi Bottle,Nutrical 4.25oz. Willy is approx l2 lbs and up till the night before he went to hospital he was on insulin. He has stopped insulin and sent him home. I received call a few minutes ago and he said to try and keep the back of throat moist to break up the mucous. He sent him home with clavamox drops l5ml Bottle/#2bottle & to give l.5 droppers twice/day. He initially did a vet scren mini-Kidney/Liver F,Radiograph l4xl7. In other words, he said, he just needs nursing care and see how he does on Clavamox, which I should start tomorrow as he already gave him inject. dose today. He is under my bedroom chair and I can hear the mucous when he breathes. He said it is 50/50. Should I call another vet. or just wait and see if he lives or dies?
Type of Animal: mixed tiger cat
Age: approx 7 or 8 yrs
Name of Animal: Willy
He is home today and I offered him love; tried water and wet cat food - doesn't care I don't know what to do.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and specialist and will do my best to assist you today!1) Do you believe he is in respiratory distress right now?2) Is he breathing with his mouth open, panting like a dog would?3) Does he have a fever?-
Yes, I believe he in distress, not reacting to surroundings; he sneezed and I could hear the mucous in throat. His mouth is closed and he is not panting. I don't know if has a fever - imagine he does, not really hot. He is not moving, just lying under chair.I don't know what to do.
Thank you for your reply.As you believe your cat is in distress, notably breathing distress, ideally I would have him in a 24 hour facility with oxygen and therapy.What therapy aside from oxygen?1) Oxygen therapy2) Intravenous antibiotic therapy3) Agents to break up the mucous such as Mucomyst (acetylcysteine)4) Nebulization to help break up the mucousIf that is not possible - I can try to help further - but if you believe there is this degree of distress I would try to get Willy to a facility that would be able to offer this.This is meant to be a running dialogue, and for this reason it is very IMPORTANT that you reply using the REPLY TO EXPERT button if more information is needed at any time BEFORE rating.Positive RATING (EXCITED FACE or 5 STARS) is appreciated as this is the only way I know you have received the information and I receive credit for my time.Please remember to ONLY rate my answer when you are 100% satisfied. IF you feel the need to rate "Poor Service" or "Bad Service", please STOP and reply to me via the REPLY TO EXPERT button with the issue you have. I will be happy to continue further and do everything I can to provide you with the service you seek.With this communication - we are here to guide you in making the best decision for your pet. This is for informational purposes only. We are not allowed to diagnose and prescribe medications - rather provide a course of action to speak to your veterinarian about - and any medical therapy and treatment should only be performed after an in-person examination with your veterinarian as a professional-client relationship has not been established on the site. While information may be discussed, this is not intended as an encouragement for you to self treat your pet, rather information online, and any treatment provided should only be performed after consulting your veterinarian.
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I gave him chicke broth by dropped - got about10 drops which contains sodium 6% and 2% fat. I dont want him to become dehydrated. I agree that the optimum treatment would be in hospital with oxgen, etc. Thank you for your advice. Trying on my own and vet said call him after weekend. I'm doing all possible as a lay peson. You have my e-mail addess BettyCook1965@ yahoo.com. Any further suggestions would be welcomed. Wish me luck and thank you.