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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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Ragdoll Cat A wet cough occasionally coughs when running

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Ragdoll Cat
A wet cough occasionally coughs when running about, not always, occasionally coughs after eating but not always. Can cough anytime - getting worse
Slightly overweight - 1stone 7lbs
Uses 99% dust free litter, plays and sleeps fine - could he have asthma??
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

Diane, a long-standing cough in cats is usually due to feline asthma. A short-term cough can arise with feline herpsevirus (FHV-1) infection involving the trachea or pharynx (tracheitis or pharyngitis, respectively). Please have his chest X-rayed at your earliest convenience. A complete blood count can be helpful as well. I look for an elevation in the white blood cell eosinophil commonly seen in asthmatics.

Initial therapy for asthmatics usually involves a glucocorticoid (steroid) such as prednisolone. A bronchodilator might be of value in reducing the dose of prednisolone needed to keep my patient comfortable. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.