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is it okay to use vicks vapor rub to help relieve ...

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is it okay to use vicks vapor rub to help relieve congestion in my cats suffering from a herpes breakout? they are all still eating and drinking,but constantly sneezing or trying to clear their noses.
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  NancyH replied 9 years ago.
As cats are apt to lick off anything you put on them it might be a better choice to get them in a steamy bathroom to break up congestion and use sterile saline to clean eyes and noses of mucous.
A vaporizer with no meds in it can also help when used in a room the cats are frequently in.
Vicks irritates cats enough that some use it as a deterrent when teaching the cat to stay away from an area so I just wouldn't use it on them while they are ill.
You can read about this sort of upper respiratory problem here
Hope this helps you!