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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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Runny watery eyes, low appetitie, diaharea, couple sneezes

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runny watery eyes, low appetitie, diaharea, couple sneezes
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. How long has your cat been symptomatic as you described? Sneezing and epiphora (excessive tearing) is most indicative of upper respiratory infection often caused by the feline herpesvirus (FHV-1). Diarrhea and inappetence, however, has too many possible etiologies to list in this venue.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
only sneezes once in awhile, teary eyes seems worst when in ac and the upset stomach off and on past 4 days, is there something i can giver her over the counter and something safe to feed her she is eating some dry food which was her norm, and canned food oft and on but doesnt seem interested in canned food much now
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for the additional information. There's nothing of value over the counter for such mild feline respiratory infection symptoms but, thankfully, these usually remiss unaided within 1-3 weeks. Dietary restrictions are rarely important with such a short duration of diarrhea but feeding a bland diet of chicken breast (sans skin) and white rice might be of value. It's best to avoid common antidiarrheals in cats. Pepto Bismol contain a salicylate (bismuth subsalicylate) which isn't well-tolerated by cats. Kaolin-pectin products aren't reliably effective. Over the counter loperamide (Imodium) oral solution dosed at 0.02 -0.08 mg/lb every 12 hours has been prescribed in an attempt to normalize the motility of a cat's GI tract but be careful with this GI narcotic; some cats become quite agitated by it.
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