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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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I have a 19 week old pedigree BSH. Obviously she's had

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Hi, I have a 19 week old pedigree BSH. Obviously she's had all her injections, but she's spent the most part of the day sneezing! I'm not unduly worried as she has wanted to play most of the day, but has been mioawing. Also, I can hear her breathing and sometimes can hear a 'whistle' when she's asleep from her nose. Sounds daft as she is a housecat, but could she have a cold?
Thanks,
Kate.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Kate, the feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) is the most common cause of such sneezing and "whistle" - a type of stridor indicating inflammation and obstructing discharge in the upper airways(s). Most cats will remiss unaided within 2-3 weeks. I rarely treat these cats with anything more than supplemental fluids/electrolytes and a syringeable food if they become inappetent due to losing their senses of taste and smell. Less commonly, the bacterial infections Chlamydophila or Mycoplasma may be present. Those, too, are expected to remiss unaided within a few weeks but can be addressed with the antibiotic doxycycline if need be. When I don't see the expected remission in the expected time frame, I PCR (a DNA-based) test these kittens in an attempt to identify the specific infectious agent present.Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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