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My 6 month old cat is sneezing, but only discharge from

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My 6 month old...

My 6 month old cat is sneezing, but only discharge from right nostril. his gums are bleeding, his stomach is bloated, and his breath stinks. He is also a weird cat he has very short legs, and is like a midget cat. we found him abandoned on the side of a road.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. The Expert will know what to do about this bleeding. I'll connect you ASAP. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the cat?

The discharge from his nostril is very clear, not cloudy or yellow just clear.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
We went to a vet and she gave him respitory infection medicine...but it has been three weeks and that hasn't changed anything.
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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 your cat. The feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) is the most common of the infectious respiratory agents that causes the sneezing 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 may be the case here.
I'm concerned about his gums. Bleeding from the gums can indicate an anticoagulant rodenticide poisoning if he has caught and eaten a poisoned rodent and it can indicate stomatitis - a general inflammation of the mucous membranes of the oral cavity. His breath may be that of digested blood. A bloated stomach may be effusive - full of fluid, and the most common cause of an effusion at his age is the FIP virus. His vet needs to recheck him. Make sure that testing for the feline leukemia, feline immunodeficiency, and feline infectious peritonitis viruses is performed. If there's no obvious cause of bleeding in the mouth, be sure to have clotting times assessed - PT and PTT testing. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Before we knew something was wrong with him he was around other cats for about a week....are they in danger? Is whatever he possibly has contagious?
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
It is quite possibly he came in contact with poisoning of some sort. We found him next to a vineyard and they are always putting out poisons.
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

All of the respiratory infectious agents are quite contagious. The FIP virus can't be spread horizontally - from cat to cat. The leukemia and immunodeficiency viruses are mainly spread by cat bites. It's not easy to poison the discriminating cat. Most of the poisoning comes from ingesting a poisoned rodent which then can cause bleeding from the gums; hence, considering checking his clotting times. Please continue on in our conversation if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
well thank you I will show this to our vet and hopefully she gets some better ideas.
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

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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?

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