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Old 02-07-2014, 04:10 PM   #61
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I took Laci (our cat) to the other vet today. I love this vet. He used to be a critical care vet at the Emergency clinic (an hour away). I typically use him for things that are more serious.
About 20 minutes into the exam visit, Laci coughed for him. With that he went from his gentle exam mode (she didn't have a fever and kind of hard to know) serious diagnostic mode even saying in his critical care days he had not heard a cough like that in a cat.

X-ray to rule out pneumonia. No pneumonia...but some bronchitis symptoms, probably residual from what ever she caught during boarding and the antibiotic she was on may not have been the right one for this. So she is on human erythromycin and the pill form of a bronchodialator. Course of treatment probably for a month.

If it doesn't clear up, then we investigate possible asthma. But since she was healthy prior to boarding he doesn't think it is this.

Interesting. His practice does not give the feline bordatella because according to him, it is controversial. Most vets feels cats can not catch true doggie kennel cough and that what they would catch is the same respiratory infection they would catch without the vaccine.
He also said the feline bordatella is made with modified live virus and in some cases and some cats it may cause the cat to get kennel cough.

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