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My cat has a moist cough off and leaking in her eye would it

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my cat has a moist cough off and leaking in her eye would it be okay to give her zarbee's naturals cough and cold medicine I cannot afford a vet
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian & I would like to help you with your wee one today.

How long has she had these signs?

How old is she?

What color is that eye discharge?

Any breathing changes? Are those gums nice and pink?

Does she sound stuffed up or congested?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
she sounds congested when she's coughing the discharge from her eye is on light light green her gums are pink
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
she has a moist cough green discharge from her eye and when she stands she teeters a little bit
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I know she has some kind of congestal problem going on can i gave my cat zarbee's naturals
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hi again,

I am typing a full reply to you just now and will post shortly.

Dr. B.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Are you their
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for being patient (As you can see I had quite a bit to type),

First, if we have green discharge, you will need to tread with care. That is a sign of bacterial infection and often is an indication for antibiotics.

Now I have checked the ingredients with the Zarbee's and would advise avoiding it. They are not very forthcoming with the zinc levels, so we would be better off using an alternative cat safe syrup. In regards ***** ***** you can use non-medicated glycerin/honey cough syrup or even plain honey. Both can be very soothing and can be given at a dose of 1-2 milliliter (~1/4-1/2 teaspoon) as needed. And that is just a better option here.

Otherwise, we can use Robitussin DM. Of course, if you use this, we onlywant to use this one with Dextromethorphan +/- Guaifenesin. Avoid similarsyrups with dog toxic drugs (ie Paracetamol, Acetaminophen, Pseudoephedrine,Phenylephrine or caffeine, etc). Dose-wise, you can give 1/4 (quarter) teaspoon per 5 lbs of body weight every 8-12 hours. Again, these can reduce her coughing.

Further to that, if she is congested, then there is more you can do at home. To start, if she is congested, you can take her in the bathroom while you run a hot shower. The steam will help loosen and clear some of the snot congesting her. You can also use a baby nebulizer, but often cats don’t like things held up to their faces. That said, you can make a ‘steam tent’ with her in their carrier, the nebulizer, and a bed sheet.

As well, if we have ocular discharge, then we do need to be flushing that out for her. To do so, you can use saline (ie OTC first aid eye wash or plain contact lens solution). This can be used 1-2 times daily to just get the discharge and bacteria present away. As well, you can use 1-2 drops of saline in each nostril to loosen any discharge there.

As well, if you suspect that she might have feline herpes virus (if she is a stray, rescue or was in a breeding cattery as a kitten), then this can be a cause of the signs you are seeing. In herpes cats, we find the L-lysine (a nutritional supplement) can help them recover quicker. This is available over the counter at vets, pet stores, and even online. They come as gels, powders, and as crushable tablets that can be mixed into food. An average cat dose is 500mg a day.

Finally, since you noted financial difficulties, I do want to note some options that may be of benefit here. First, I would note that both VCA + Banfield offer a free 1st consult for new patients. You could use this to have her seen. You can find their vouchers @ VCA( Voucher: http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/offer) or Banfield (Voucher:http://www.banfield.com/landing-pages/coupon?). As well, the Humane Society (http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_pet.html) and ASPCA (https://www.aspca.org/about-us/faq/financial-help-my-vet-bills) both have good databases of charities that could help you get her seen for antibitotics to clear this.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
if I give her robitussin on that help with the bacterial infection
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I like it will clear everything up
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hi again,

If we have gren discharge, we have bacterial infection. Only antibiotics wil help with that. Robitussin (only the DM!!) wil just soothe the cough. So, if you want to clear it al up, use those last few links to get her seen so that a local vet can provide those antibiotics.

Dr. B.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
don't have money for but is there any home remedies or over-the-counter medicine I can give her
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hi again,

Antibiotics are prescription only and can only be legally dispensed by a vet that has examined her in person. Those links I gave you will help with the costs. The first 2 wil get her seen for free and you need only pay for her medication. The others wil subsidize care further. So, you can get that for her. Otherwise, all those OTC treatments I outlined above already for you would need to be started here.

Dr. B.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ok where did you send those links because I don't see them on here
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

VCA( Voucher: http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/offer)

Banfield (Voucher:http://www.banfield.com/landing-pages/coupon?).

Humane Society (http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_pet.html)

ASPCA (https://www.aspca.org/about-us/faq/financial-help-my-vet-bills)

Take care,

Dr. B.

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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. B.

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