Q. I have a Himalayan cat that seems to get a respiratory infection about every two months. Is there anything I can do to help her breath better?
LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA
A. It would be helpful to run diagnostic tests the next time she has a flare up to identify exactly which viruses or bacteria are present in her system as some can become chronic infections and may have preventative options once identified. Lysine can help to limit the impact of herpes virus and some chronic bacterial infections can be significantly reduced with prolonged (6-10weeks) of antibiotic therapy but without knowing exactly what is present these long term options may not be effective if not treating the individual disease she is affected with
A. Consider a culture and sensitivity panel the next time she becomes sick. This test should identify the bacteria responsible as well as the most effective antibiotic to use in treatment. Another consideration would be a trans tracheal wash. The sample can be submitted for pathology as well as a C&S to rule out infection as well as asthma or other inflammatory conditions. Afterwards, you can discuss bronchodilator and anti inflammatory usage with your vet.