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Sneezing/Feline asthma

My 18yo cat started sneezing periodically several months ago. I took him to the vet for an unrelated problem and during bloodwork they found an elevated WBC count. Because of this and the sneezing I had mentioned, they started him on Clavamox. It didn't really seem to affect the sneezing but it hasn't been all that noticeable so I have just been putting off taking him back. The sneezing comes on after he jumps up on the bed or the couch, walks up the steps, and ocassionally just when he walks into the room. I don't think it's ever come on when he's at rest. Sometimes he'll just sneeze a couple times, other times he'll have sneezing fits that may last 30-60s. He doesn't really appear in any distress and there's only a small amount of clear discharge. Afterwards he's fine. He has no other symptoms that I can think of. So the other day I took him to a different vet , the one I take my parrot to. He believes that he has feline asthma. He gave me prednisone to give him as needed for days when he seems to be sneezing a lot. He also gave him a shot of Convenia because his teeth are so bad but he can't put him under anesthesia at this time due to his age and weight (14.3 lbs). I was going to have his teeth cleaned prior to moving about 5 months ago but his kidney values had crept up some after radioactive iodine treatment for his hyperthyroidism so they wanted to hold off a little while and see what happened. The vet wants to see him back in 2 weeks and go from there. Has anyone else had a similar presentation? I'm a little worried about the prednisone. From what I've read, bronchodilators are the first-line treatment. I figured he went straight to steroids because you couldn't use them in felines, but apparently that's not true. So far I haven't even given him the Pred because he hasn't been sneezing much.

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