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Feline Upper Respiratory Infection

What is a feline upper respiratory infection?

Generally a feline upper respiratory infection could be common in cats. Typically this type on infection is not fatal in many cases. Sympathetic care could be important to a cat that has feline upper respiratory infection. A veterinarian may prescribe a cat with certain medications to help fight off the upper respiratory infection. However some cases are a viral infection which means antibiotics may not help the cat to become well again. There may be some cases where a cat’s upper respiratory infection may cause more serious conditions such as pneumonia.

What are clinical symptoms of a cat with a feline upper respiratory infection?

A cat with an upper respiratory infection may have several symptoms, but these symptoms may vary depending on the site of infection and the cause of the infection. Some symptoms of an upper respiratory infection may include but are not limited to:
• Fever
• Depression
• Breathing through the mouth
• Mild to severe cough
• Discharge from the nose either clear or colored
• Congestion
• Rapid breathing
• A decrease in appetite
Runny nose
• Drooling or gagging
• A cat may rub at its eyes
• Oral or nasal ulcers

For more information about feline upper respiratory infection such as what medications are used to treat a cat with an upper respiratory infection or can a cat die from a feline upper respiratory infection. Read below where an Expert may answer these questions.

Can Tylan be used to treat a cat with an upper respiratory infection, if not what would be best? Have tried several different antibiotics.

Generally, Tylan powder is not used as a treatment for an upper respiratory infection in cats. Usually, Tylan powder is used to treat parasites in the gastrointestinal system. Typically, if a cat has been on several different medications for an upper respiratory infection and nothing seems to be working a vet may insist on a nasal flush. A nasal flush can be done under anesthesia; the vet may flush the mucus out of the cat’s nose. This could actually help diagnose why the cat is suffering from an upper respiratory infection.

What is the prognosis for a cat with feline upper respiratory infection? Can a cat become healthy again with only the help from lysine supplements?

Generally, a cat with feline upper respiratory infection may have a good prognosis. This infection may be easy to treat. Now as for the lysine supplement this may be given to help fight against a possible herpes virus from infecting a cat. Some cats may get a secondary bacterial infection while suffering from an upper respiratory infection; this could mean the cat may need an antibiotic rather than just the lysine supplement.

What could make a cat not respond to medication for an upper respiratory infection?

In some cases of upper respiratory infections, this may be linked with feline Leukemia. This could be important considering the cat has not responded to medication. Generally a veterinarian may want to start diagnostic test to ensure that the cat has an upper respiratory infection. Some cats may not only suffer from an upper respiratory infection but also feline leukemia at the same time. Feline leukemia could be the reason the cat is unresponsive to the medication.

Feline upper respiratory infections may be a common condition for a veterinarian to see in the office. However some cat owner may be startled when seeing symptoms of a feline upper respiratory infection in their cat. This could cause a cat owner to ask several questions such as are there over the counter medications to cure a feline upper respiratory infection or are there certain breeds that get feline upper respiratory infection more often. For the answers to these questions contact an Expert.
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