Cat sneezing, responds to Azium
My 15 year old cat Rusty has been sneezing a lot recently, and also had a dark discharge during sneezing.
I took him to the vet, and was given two medications; Azium for the sneezing, and Baytril for the infection.
Rusty responded almost immediately to the medication. The sneezing was curbed, and the dark discharge disappeared. His appetite also improved drastically.
Rusty has had a chronic condition where his eyes water, and he occasionally had sneezing fits. This is caused by a defect in his sinuses, or more specifically, the vet told me that his tear ducts were obstructed. He has had this condition since birth, and it has not really been a problem until now.
I have now run out of the Azium, and need to continue medication on a long-term basis.
The problem is that getting meds from the vet will be rather expensive, and I am currently on a limited budget.
I am looking online for a substitute for Rusty's condition, and found something called Chlorpheniramine. It is available in 4mg tabs OTC, but I hesitate to use it without the advice of a vet.
I am sure my vet will tell me not to use OTC meds, since they like to dispense and make a profit from the ones they sell.
Can anyone suggest an alternative to the expensive meds I will get from my vet?
Should i use Chlorpheniramine without knowing all that much about it, or whether or not Rusty may have side-effects from it?
Thanks for your advice