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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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She's only in the house but a couple days ago I heard her

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she's only in the house but a couple days ago I heard her sneezing a lot. She's eating /drinking but lays around a lot
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the cat. What is the cat's name?
Customer: Kiki - long haired black neutered female
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Kiki?
Customer: not really. I cleaned her box last night to check and see how often she doing both..
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

Such sneezing usually arises from feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) infection. The bacteria Mycoplasma and Chlamydophila may be present as well or act as sole infecting agents. Thankfully, all of these infections will usually remiss unaided within 1-3 weeks. I rarely treat with antibiotics because of that fact but if I don't see an appreciable improvement within the initial 10 days from onset of the sneezing, I'll prescribe doxycycline - the antibiotic of choice for addressing those bacteria. FHV-1 doesn't respond to antibiotics but might be addressed with the antiviral drug famciclovir should symptoms become severe. Inappetent cats may benefit from supplemental fluids given subcutaneously by needle and/or a syringeable and palatable convalescent food such as Hill's a/d.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
According to the cat box, she's pooped very well twice since last night but I didn't see where she urinated. She has water at all times and she prefers to drink out of a glass of iced water. How long should I wait to induce fluids? Her diet is made of a combo of Purina Kit n Kaboodle essentials dry and canned Friskies food.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

Thank you for the additional information. If Kiki continues to eat and drink normally, she's getting enough fluids into her and she'll urinate shortly. It's the anorexic cats that become dehydrated and need supplementation. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

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

Dr. Michael Salkin

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