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My cat has been seeing for excessive sneezing and has been

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My cat has been seeing for excessive sneezing and has been on antibiotics and other forms of medicine and nothing is helping he continues to sneeze I'm wondering if this is an allergy
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Not all the time but maybe once or twice a day!
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about your cat?
Customer: Julius and he is 3
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
He had been on Clavamox and a antibotic. Clavamox twice in 2 months. He is fine otherwise. Not acting usual just those burst on sneezing. Appetite is good and is playing.
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 10 months ago.

Hello, I'm Dr. Kara. I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian and I'd like to help. Please give me a moment to review your concerns.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Ok Thank you
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Is this 28.00 more?
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 10 months ago.

I understand that you are concerned about the amount of sneezing that Julius has been continuing to do despite the use of antibiotics.

A sneeze simply means that something is irritating his nose. It can be dust, pollens, an irritating, strong smell, increased tearing draining into his nose, a viral, bacterial or fungal infection or a foreign body, a tooth root infection or nasal mass irritating the nasal mucosa.

Cats very rarely have allergies that cause a nasal irritation and sneezing. Usually cats with allergies get itchy skin, so I would not think this is related to allergies.

If this were a one time thing then dust, pollen, a strong smell, or increased tearing would be most likely. Since this is a more chronic thing I would be more inclined to think of an infection (fungal, bacterial or viral), a foreign body (blade of grass, a grass awn), a tooth root infection, a nasopharyngeal polyp, or mass in his nose.

If he has no, or a little clear, nasal discharge, is eating and drinking normally, and his nose conformation is unchanged (no swelling or bumps) then it may be a viral infection, which in most cases should pass on its own after a couple weeks. Rarely we can see chronic infections that lead to nasal congestion and sneezing.

You could try giving him an amino acid supplement called L-lysine at a dose of 500mg orally twice daily. If this infection is due to Herpes this amino acid interferes with virus replication and will shorten the infection's duration and severity. Good supplements to try are made by the Viralys brand which comes in a powder to add to the food or a tasty gel.

In the meantime using a humidifier in the room he sleeps in most of the time, and/or taking him into the bathroom with you when you run a hot bath or shower to breathe in steam/humid air can help. That will soothe irritated airways and thin the mucous making it easier for him to breathe.

If he continues to sneeze the next step would be sedation, dental radiographs to look for bad tooth roots, a nasal scope and skull radiographs to look for a foreign body or mass. It may be helpful to collect samples for bacterial and fungal cultures as well.

There is also a chronic inflammatory process (Lymphocytic-plasmacytic rhinitis) we see in some kitties that responds well to steroid therapy. It is not as common as the other things I listed, and we would need to rule out infectious agents before prescribing high doses of steroids because suppressing the immune system of a cat with an infectious disease could be dangerous.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 10 months ago.

Sorry about the offer of a phone call. That is an automatic, site generated offer that many licensed veterinarians are unable to fulfill. Many states/province licensing boards do not allow veterinarians to communicate via phone calls, unless they have previously physically examined a pet. The states and Province I am licensed in have that restriction. I could lose my license for doing so. If you would like you can reply and ask any follow-up questions regarding my response and I will be happy to respond to them here.