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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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Cat 7 yrs old 17 pounds, coughing after drinking water is

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Cat 7 yrs old 17 pounds, coughing after drinking water is the norm for him but today he is just walking around somewhat restless (normally sleeps all day) and I can hear him breathing and he sounds very congested. Isn't coughing like he's trying to cough something up. Last hair ball was 2 days ago. He is doing a lot of licking and pulling his hair on his back. I checked, there are no bugs, fleas, redness on the skin, or raised areas that look itchy. He started a new medicine Aug. 27, 2015.... Phenobarbital 20mg/5ml. He gets 2.5ml daily for seizures. Can I give him Benadryl or use a suction bulb like for babies to suck out the congestion if he'll let me?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
This is his feeding time should I wait to feed him until after you answer me???
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. If you believe Routey to be congested i have to be concerned that the congestion may exist in his lower respiratory tract as well as his upper as would be seen with asthma, pneumonia, and even neoplasia. An antihistamine such as Benadryl would be contraindicated in those cases and there would be nothing to "suck out". His pruritis (itchiness) in association with his breathing leads me to think an allergic dermatitis and concomitant asthma are present and so having Routey's lungfields auscultated (listened to) and X-rayed should be considered at this time.

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