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Parasitic Infection of the Respiratory Tract in Cats



Cats with respiratory parasites are usually treated on an outpatient basis with dewormers. Anti-inflammatory agents are also given to patients to decrease their body’s negative immune reaction to so many dead parasites. Some types of parasites can only be removed surgically one at a time.


If your cat is having trouble breathing, it should be hospitalized and given oxygen therapy until the parasite infestation has been resolved.


Living and Management


Your veterinarian will schedule follow-up appointments to examine your cat's respiratory passages with a bronchoscope and to reexamine fecal and urine samples for parasite eggs. Preventing your cat from eating insects, rodents, and wild animals is the best way of protecting your cat against parasite infections. Also, avoiding contact with unknown cats and dogs, or even separating your own pets (if you have others) when they appear to be ill are some ways in which you can prevent or mitigate a parasitic infection.


Most animals recover well from respiratory parasites, unless the infection has been chronic (long term). If parasites have migrated to the brain, causing your pet to show symptoms of neurological impairment, a cure will not be possible.


If you suspect that your cat is infected with parasites, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible. If your cat has already begun to show symptoms of neurological change or degeneration, call your veterinarian for an emergency appointment.



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