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Q. My 14 week old kitten is coughing without producing anything, sneezing and has eye seepage. The vet gave a pill for worms but he's still sick?

Answered By
DANA KOCH, VMD, MLAS

A. There are several reasons for coughing, sneezing and ocular discharge including an upper respiratory infection or feline herpes virus. Treating for intestinal worms would be less likely to treat upper respiratory clinical signs unless your veterinarian diagnosed a lung worm. Frequently kittens will have intestinal parasites, such as hookworms and roundworms and this is usually confirmed through a fecal test. I would recommend re-evaluation for proper diagnosis and treatment. An upper respiratory infection would most likely be treated with an antibiotic and feline herpes virus is often treated with lysine supplementation.


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