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I am sorry to hear that Chrissy is having a problem with coughing still. Is he eating and drinking well?
Thanks for the information. Did your vet get any x-rays of the chest when he was there 3 days ago?
I do as well.
Thanks for the information. I agree with that. If the antibiotics are not working, there could be something more serious going on in the lungs or heart. My concern would be pneumonia. That could be bacterial, viral, or fungal. The antibiotic he is on may not help with the specific infection he has. Even if there is a risk with sedation, there is even a bigger risk of not getting him on the right medication if he has pneumonia You can try a cool-air humidifier to see if that dries him out, but I would recommend getting x-rays sooner than later with what you are describing.
You are welcome. I would definitely keep him in now. If he has pneumonia, it can be treated, depending on the type of pneumonia. With him having FELV, though, it can be more difficult because his immune system is compromised.
Sorry for the delay. I would try to get him in sooner than Friday if possible. I wouldn't wait until the antibiotic is finished. I would have expected it to help some at this point.
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Hello again. I did not receive a photo. Even with a photo, it would be impossible to say for sure without an exam. If one side seems more distended than the other then a tumor would be more likely. That is assuming you are talking about the abdomen, though.
That would probably be more his thorax where the heart and lungs are. it is difficult to see that expanding because the rib cage doesn't usually expand that much.
You may see slight distention from fluid or a mass in the chest cavity. If his abdomen was distended, you would see it in his abdomen and not where you are describing it.
I just depends on what is causing it. Sometimes it is and sometimes it isn't. I would say a mass is far less treatable I understand your concern about sedation. I can be a catch 22, though. Sometimes, we need to do procedures that may risk their health, but if we do nothing, they will definitely not make it.
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