Runny Nose in Cats
Treatment for Nasal Discharge
The condition will not require hospitalization unless surgery is recommended, or if an exploratory scope of the nasal cavity or the sinuses is required.
Treatment will depend on the cause of the discharge. Bacterial infections may need to be treated with antibiotics. If it is determined that the cause is fungal, your veterinarian will prescribe anti-fungal medication. Decongestants may also be advised. Antiviral medications are sometimes used for chronic upper respiratory infections of a viral nature.
Dental work, possibly including extraction of diseased teeth, may be necessary if the cause is related to one or more bad teeth. Tumors and/or polyps may need to be removed surgically, if possible. Foreign bodies, of found, should be removed from the nasal cavity as well.
Living and Management of Nasal Discharge
Keep your cat warm and make sure it is getting enough to eat and drink. In addition, help your cat keep its nasal passages clean, especially if there is a discharge or chronic sneezing. A soft, damp rag can be used to gently clean your cat’s nose. Finally, keep your cat’s living area clean so that dust and foreign particles do not further irritate the nasal and throat passages.
A product made of fluid, cell waste, and cells
The term for a type of medication that impacts immunity, metabolism, sexual characteristics, and other such elements of a living thing
Bones inside the nasal cavity
The teeth found between the canine teeth and molars
The term for the nostrils and muscles in the upper and lower lips of an animal; may also be used to describe a type of tool used to keep an animal from biting
The whole system involved in digestion from mouth to anus
A type of slime that is made up of certain salts, cells, or leukocytes
A localized infection, usually a lesion filled with pus. Can be large or small in size.
A bundle of fibers that are used in the process of sending impulses through the body