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Sneezing about every two-three minutes, stomach

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Sneezing about every two-three...

Sneezing about every two-three minutes, stomach palpitations, slight runny eyes, reduced energy. Age two years.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name?

Haiti.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Haiti?

Not really. Plenty of energy before this.

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Stephen, I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Can you clarify "stomach palpitations" for me, please?

In most cases, sneezing and/or ocular discharge represent infection with the feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) in cats which usually goes into remission unaided within 1-3 weeks. The bacteria Chlamydophila and Mycoplasma can be found concomitantly with FHV-1 or be sole infectious agents. These, too, are expected to go into remission unaided but if my patient doesn't show a positive change within 7-10 days of the onset of symptoms, I'll consider prescribing doxycycline - the antibiotic of choice for addressing those bacteria.

It’s not unreasonable to also initiate therapy with the over the counter Terramycin ophthalmic ointment should conjunctivitis arise dosed at thrice daily to each eye for a minimum of 10 days. This ointment contains the antibiotics oxytetracycline and polymyxin-B and can be found in many pet/feed stores or online such as here: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=9674 It’s ideal for addressing the bacterial infections.

FHV-1, however, doesn't respond to antibiotics. Severe FHV-1 infections might be addressed with the systemic antiviral drug famciclovir and an ophthalmic antiviral drop or ointment containing cidofovir. These products need to be compounded by a veterinary formulating pharmacy. Cats who become inappetent will benefit from the administration of supplemental fluids and electrolytes given subcutaneously by needle and perhaps a syringeable and palatable convalescent food.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
Hi Stephen,

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

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