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Old 11-14-2012, 06:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Cat Asthma? Does anyone have any experience?

So I have to ask about this and I have no idea on any of it because I've never heard of a cat getting asthma. Godzilla has had these random episodes of him making a weird coughing sound. It only happens every once in a while. Maybe like once in 2 weeks if that... And he only does it for a few seconds then he's done. It's not like a full blown he sits there for 20 seconds and gasps for air type thing. If you YouTube cat asthma u can kinda see what I'm talking about. His 4 second episodes are very minor compared to most on there... He's not so loud and it's defiantly not as long or as violent I guess you could say. Should I be concerned and take him to the vet? Or should I just watch him close to make sure it doesn't get worse like the cats on YouTube?

He's never been exposed to smoke or anything. And when it does happen it's random.... like him getting out of the litterbox and the dust setting him off isnt it... It's totally random. He runs plays and eats like a pig. And it's never set off by playing either. I've read on ways they treat it but I'm wondering how expensive it is and if they would even give him anything because its so minor. Hopefully it stays very minor like it is or goes away. Does anyone have any experience with this??


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Old 11-14-2012, 08:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know, but Lily has had occasional coughing episodes too.
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Lickorish has it. Does it sound anything like this?

X-rays confirmed it..here is what we did:

Antibiotic was Baytril 22.7mg 1/day for 10 days
Bronchial dilator Terbutaline 2.5mg (from the human pharmacy). 1/4 tablet twice a day for 10 days, then as she got better, once a day for 10 days, then stop.

follow-up xrays were clear.

she hasn't coughed for awhile now, but we keep the Terbutaline onhand in case it starts again.

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Can I ask how much that cost?? Do you remember?


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Old 11-14-2012, 10:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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And yes I forgot to say it does sound like that. It only lasts between 2 - 6 seconds though and then hes fine. Walks away like nothing happened...
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Most expensive thing was the xray, around 125 each time, but this is an expensive area. The meds were not too expensive, around 30 for the Baytrill and 12 for each refill of Terbutaline. We have pet insurance and got reimbursed for most of it.

forgot to mention, we continued with the Terbutaline every other day for another week.

The vet said that usually once you get it cleared up, they may not have any more episodes, or they could go for a long period of time and then have one, they typically will have just a few flare-ups throughout their lifetime.

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