Pneumonia (Bacterial) in Cats
Medication is necessary in cases of bacterial pneumonia; the proper antimicrobial can be selected based on results of bacterial cultures taken from a tracheal wash, for example. Additional treatment depends on the severity of signs. If multiple symptoms occur, such as anorexia, high fever, and weight loss, your cat will be actively treated in a hospital to start.
If respiratory distress is apparent, oxygen therapy may be necessary. To avoid dehydration, the veterinarian may recommend administering electrolytes by intravenous (IV) fluid therapy.
Restrict your cat's activities throughout treatment, except as part of physiotherapy, or to help improve clearing of the lungs and airways. Along with rest, be attentive to your cat's needs, and prevent it from lying in one position for long periods of time.
Living and Management
After initial treatment, your cat should be fed a diet high in protein and energy density. Your veterinarian will monitor your cat's progress with blood tests, and if needed, x-rays of the chest and lung cavity. Any prescribed antimicrobial medications should be administered regularly, as prescribed by your veterinarian.
One way in which bacterial pneumonia can be prevented is by ensuring that your cat receives its regular vaccinations.
The return of food into the oral cavity after it has been swallowed
A medical condition; the contamination of a living thing by a harmful type of bacteria
The windpipe; it carries air from the bronchi to the mouth
A product made of fluid, cell waste, and cells
a) Mass per volume b) The number of animals in a given area
The singular form of the word bacteria; a tiny, microscopic organism only made up of one cell.
A medical condition in which the body has lost fluid or water in excessive amounts
The use of a stethoscope (usually) in listening to the sounds of an animal's body.
Pertaining to the lungs
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