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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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My name is ***** *****. My cat is 8 years old, part Persian.

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Customer: My name is ***** *****. My cat is 8 years old, part Persian. He has started to make loud swallowing noises when purring, and has been very lethargic. The vet treated him for Conjunctivitis last week, since he has brownish red discharge from his eyes. He is eating and drinking and has regular bowel movements. He feels kind of warm, too
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your cat. It's reasonable to assume that the same infectious agent causing his conjunctivitis is also causing a "sore throat" - a pharyngitis/laryngitis - which has resulted in those noises and lethargy. The most common of these agents is the feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) but, thankfully, the great majority of cats will remiss unaided from FHV-1 within 1-3 weeks. I don't treat with antibiotics and I don't require a vet visit unless my patient has become inappetent and requires supplemental fluids by needle and/or force-feeding.

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