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My cat has has started coughing 4 or 5 days, it almost

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My cat has has started coughing for about 4 or 5 days, it almost sounds like small gasps or bad wheezing. I have given her hairball relief for about 4 or 5 days but she still continues to gag without any vomiting. She still continues to eat and drink, but Should I see a vet?
Thank you!
Travis Torres
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hello and welcome, I am Dr. B and would like to help you today. Has she had any changes to her breathing rate?Any nasal discharge?Any history of eating anything abrasive or non edible?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Not really any changes in breathing. No history of eating things other than cat food. She sheds quite a bit but no nasal discharge either
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** I am glad to hear that Zara hasn’t had any breathing changes; especially since concerns like asthma, bronchitis, heart issues, or pneumonia can cause those changes. With those aside and considering her persistent cough, we’d be most wary of a mild flare up of cat flu, viral or bacterial tracheitis, or possible throat inflammation from direct irritation (less likely if she hasn’t eaten anything that could have done so). With this in mind, if she is eating, breathing normally, and no signs of discharges (often a hint of bacterial agents), we could consider monitoring and trying her with a mild cough suppressant. Commonly we will give a few millilitres of plain honey & glycerin cough syrup or plain honey. These can be given as often as needed. Alternatively, you could use Robitussin DM at a dose of 1 milligram per pound of body weight every 8 hours. Of course, do make sure to only use this and avoid any with pet toxic cold medications (ie acetaminophen, paracetamol, ibuprofen caffeine, alcohol, or pseudoephedrine) here. While doing this, we’d want to offer a soft diet to avoid any more irritation to her throat. Of course, if we use that and the cough persists (the viral agents usually causes signs for up to 2 weeks) or she is really uncomfortable when she does cough, then we’d need to have a check with her vet. They can narrow down which of these is present and start antibiotics +/- cat safe anti-inflammatories (ie Metacam) to reduce any throat inflammation and clear any infectious agent found to get her settled and cough-free. Please take care,Dr. B. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------If you have any other questions, please ask me – I’ll be happy to respond. **Afterwards, I would be grateful if you would rate my service by clicking on the "Rate my Expert' button at the top of the page as this is the only way I am credited for helping you. Thank you for your feedback!: )
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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