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My caa t iss My cat is 18 mos He'ss 3coughinjg. He's benn…

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My caa t iss My cat is 18 mos He'ss 3coughinjg

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is the matter with your cat?

He's benn coughing & sneezing for 5 days & I can't get him to local vet til Sat

Veterinarian's Assistant: Cats have coughing problems all the time but it is worrying. The Expert will know what you should do. What is the cat's name?

Tony & he's 2 yrs old...

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

He's a large cat--big boned & well built--heavy

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

I'm sorry to hear of this with Tony. The feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) is the most common of the infectious respiratory agents that causes the sneezing and coughing 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 Tony continues eat, drink, and act normally in spite of his sneezing and coughing, he doesn't need to be attended to by his vet. 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,

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

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