I have seen very little about asthma on the forums, but apparently 1 cat in 100 suffers from it. Now vet Haris thinks Wellington may have it. He has been wheezing and dry coughing ever since I got him and has been on three different antibiotics over the last two months. When I got back from my trip I decided to take him in and get a second Xray done. The first one, back in January, showed something, but HAris was not sure what. Now Haris could see a thickening of the brachial tree in the lungs, which is a classic symptom. To be sure, he is sending the pix to a colleague in Florida to ask a second opinion, and meanwhile he has put Wellington on Prednisone, a corticosteroid drug that is the first choice of many vets for asthma. I have been looking it up and although it is commonly used, long term it can cause diabetes. Many vets now prefer inhalers, not of course available here! I guess that if he improves under this treatment, then I can sort out something else if necessary once we all move to France in the summer. Poor little thing - he does not get very serious attacks, but makes noises between snorts and wheezes, and every couple of days has a dry coughing fit for 20-30 seconds. It seems worse at night. I do hope I have not taken him off the streets only for him to have a life-long medical dependency. He is fine otherwise, eats, plays, sleeps and is now the biggest of my five cats, weighing over 12 pounds at around 10 months of age. That is the other thing - will the steroids make him even bigger than he is? Anyone with any experience of asthma in cats please share any comments/tips you might have.
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2/25/06 at 9:03am