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Rhinotracheitis - Kitten with upper respiratory infection - Answered by Dr. Guindon

T Collier
October 25th, 2003, 05:23 PM
My kitten , Flash, started sneezing a few days ago. The right eye is red and draining a clear fluid non-stop. The vets office said they usually like it to run its course but now I am worried abt him. His nose is really stopped up and I can tell It is hard for him to breathe. I have used saline drops which help him sneeze out the mucus in his nose. I have some erythromycian in the fridge which was given to him a few months ago on an unrelated matter. After looking up the uses of the rx, it is for bacteria infections, colds, flu and eye infections. would it be ok for me to treat him with this?

Lucky Rescue
October 25th, 2003, 06:51 PM
Please don't dose your cat without the consent of your vet. If your kitty is getting sicker or having difficulty breathing, take him back to the doctor, or call and see if this medicine is appropriate.

If you give him the wrong dose, or give it for the wrong amount of time, or if the medicine is too old, you can actually make the illness worse, or harder to treat, by building up a resistance to the meds.

Most importantly - is your kitten eating and drinking? If he is not, then he needs to be hospitalized as kittens who become anorexic can dehydrate and die rather rapidly.

T Collier
October 25th, 2003, 09:34 PM
I verified that the rx was not outdated on the bottle and i obtained information via the internet for the conditions that the antibiotic is used for. colds, flu, eye infections caused by bacteria. not trying to play doc but they did tell me it was an uri. which is why i went to this site to see if anyone had used this antibiotic before. or what tx had been used for comfort such as saline drops, steam, etc. the breathing problem is the stuffy nose, that i often treat my 3 yr old for. He is eating and drinking but bc cats breathe out of their sounds really stopped up. I would never endanger my animal to save a buck but if what i have handy (which was prescribed to him two months ago) has helped someone elses pet.....which is why i am asking for advice or input.

thanks for your reply and concern

October 31st, 2003, 03:26 PM
It looks like rhinotracheitis, a viral disease in cats and antibiotics don't seem to be efficient in this case.

A good way is to treat the situation is to stimulate the immune defense of the kitten.
For a good homeopathic solution, he should receive 1/2 tube twice a day of Oscillococcinum (available at most drug stores) and Occulonat (available on at a dose of 2 granules given twice a day.

Good luck

Dr.Paul Guindon DMV
Clinique veterinaire Salaberry
Medecine conventionnelle et holystique
1895 Salaberry, Montreal, QC

December 22nd, 2003, 07:59 PM
Have an adult cat that has developed the same symptoms, will this work for him as well?

July 25th, 2007, 02:40 PM
When the doctor says two granules, does that mean two pellets? Thanks

December 2nd, 2007, 01:04 AM
I adopted a kitten today that has a stuffy nose, so I'm trying to figure out if he needs a vet. I have no idea if his behavior is different than usual. I did want to express how important it is to give yourself or your cat every last antibiotic in the bottle that is prescribed. We want to be sure and kill off all of the offending buggies, if we don't, you or the cat can continure to have an infection, as well, the little buggies will start adapting so that they will eventually have an immunity to our antibiotics. Ever heard of MRSA? If not, google it. It's serious.

Just a friendly reminder from one who works in the medical field.

I suppose I will probably get my new kitty to the vet this week. Unless he doesn't eat or drink, and then sooner.

Thanks for read'n,