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She is sneezine & runny nose. A cat. Slip 15. Slip

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She is sneezine &...

She is sneezine & runny nose

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What sort of animal are we talking about?

A cat

Veterinarian's Assistant: OK. What is the cat's name and age?

Slip 15

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the cat's name?

Slip

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with Slip. Geriatric feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) is the most common of the infectious respiratory agents that causes the sneezing and nasal discharge you're seeing. Thankfully, it usually goes into remission unaided within 1-3 weeks. The bacteria Mycoplasma and Chlamydophila can be found in conjunction with FHV-1 or as sole infecting agents but they, too, should go into remission unaided in that time frame. In the case in which my patient doesn't improve within the initial 10 days from the onset of symptoms, I'll prescribe the antibiotic of choice - doxycycline - to address those bacteria. Antibiotics don't address viruses such as FHV-1 but I can prescribe the antiviral drug famciclovir if I believe that a serious case of FHV-1 is brewing.

As long as Slip continues eat, drink, and act normally in spite of her sneezing, shedoesn't need to be attended to by her vet. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
i think she needs a antibotic she has done this before & that cured her
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
what over the counter can i give her
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
i don't want her to get worse
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I understand. Regretfully, all of the antibiotics prescribed to cats are prescription drugs that need to be prescribed by an attending vet. There aren't any over the counter. We're not allowed to prescribe through this venue. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
Hi,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin
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