Bronchitis in cats occurs when the bronchi, which are part of a cat’s respiratory system, become inflamed. It can lead to breathing problems and in the most extreme situations even to unconsciousness.
If you see the symptoms or anything unusual about your cat’s breathing, then you have to see a vet for a correct diagnosis and treatment.
Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of bronchitis in cats.
Symptoms of bronchitis in cats
Bronchitis in cats usually presents as a set of symptoms that affect breathing or breathing.
Some of the most common symptoms are:
- Difficulty breathing, including wheezing
- to cough
- Panting and breathing too quickly
- Shy of movement
Causes of bronchitis in cats
Bronchitis in cats is usually caused by inflammation of the bronchi. This inflammation makes it difficult for your cat to breathe adequate oxygen.
The most common causes of inflammation include:
- Infections (bacterial, fungal and viral)
- Lungworm (a parasite)
Treatments for bronchitis in cats
If your vet suspects your cat has bronchitis, they will do a full physical exam. In addition, your veterinarian will ask for as much information as possible about your cat’s health history. You may request a chest x-ray.
Once the diagnosis is confirmed, the course of treatment will depend on the cause of the inflammation.
If the inflammation is due to an infection, your veterinarian will prescribe an antibiotic regimen. As always, if your vet prescribes antibiotics, follow the dosage instructions and complete the entire course.
If your vet determines that a parasite is causing the infection, they will prescribe anti-parasite medication.
In all cases, veterinarians also recommend improving air quality and airflow in the home environment. Your veterinarian can make recommendations for filters or cleaners that can help.
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