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My cat is coughing up blood.He is 13 years old. He has had a…

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My cat is coughing up blood.He is 13 years old. He has had a respiratory infection for almost 2 weeks. He had alot of snot coming out of his nose and today is is sneezing/ coughin up blood.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. 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?

Orlando

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Orlando?

He has been laying on the couch all day for almost 2 weeks. But seems to still be drinking some water. Seems to be marginally dehydrated.

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Dr. Michael Salkin
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I'm sorry to hear of this with Orlando. The sneezing and hemoptysis (coughing up blood) you're seeing is a danger sign of both infection and malignancy in the upper and lower respiratory tract. His history of respiratory infection makes pneumonia most likely and to treat a penumonia most effectively, these cats need to be hospitalized on intravenous antibiotic(s) and fed through the IV line as well. When their oxygen saturation exceeds 90% as measured on a pulse oximeter they can return home and be given oral antibiotics. Orlando needs the attention of a vet at your earliest convenience. X-rays of his thorax (chest) are essential at this time. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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