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I have a large male tabby. He recently started coughing and…

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I have a large...

I have a large male tabby. He recently started coughing and choking several times a day. He sounds like he will upchuck, but doesn't.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Coughing can be worrying. The Expert will know what you should do. What is the tabby's name and age?

Jaxon and he is almost seven years old.

Submitted: 1 month ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with Jaxon. Coughing cats are most often either asthmatic or suffering from a feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) tracheitis/laryngitis. Asthmatics usually have a history of coughing over quite a period of time while the infection usually arises once and abates within 1-3 weeks although recrudescence (relapse without cure in between events) can appear anytime during a cat's life. Asthma may be apparent in X-rays of the lungs or in a complete blood count (CBC). FHV-1 may have other signs such as sneezing, conjunctivitis, and, less commonly, facial skin ulcers. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago
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