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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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We have two bengall over bred cats 2 years old they have

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we have two bengall over bred cats 2 years old they have trouble with their eyes it looks like sleep and very black the youngest of the pair (they are from the same litter) also has black stuff comin g out of his nose this last bout with the eys the other boys nose started to oose the black stuff too we have had them to the vet and he gives us isathal which to a degree helps for a while until this thing starts again with the stuff coming out of their eyes
Submitted: 1 year ago via Cat-Lovers-Only.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Milo and Meka. The discharge you're describing is consistent with inflammation of the conjunctiva (conjunctivitis) as well as the nasal passages (rhinitis). The feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) is most often incriminated. Isathal (fusidic acid) is antibacterial but has no antiviral activity and so if you're seeing marginal improvement that ointment is likely to be addressing a bacterial infection secondary to the viral one. Milo and Meka's vet can test your cats to see which of the usual infectious agents are present - FHV-1, Mycoplasma, or Chlamydophila are my primary concerns - and then treat more specifically for those infectious agents. FHV-1 might respond to an ophthalmic antiviral drop containing cidofovir (or one of the newer antiviral drugs) and/or a systemic antiviral drug such as famciclovir and the bacteria Mycoplasma or Chlamydophila should respond to both topical ophthalmic oxytetracycline ointment (Terramycin, e.g.) and/or systemic doxycycline.

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