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What can you do to help your vet diagnose your cat's cough?

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Give your vet detailed information about the cough:

Knowing this can help your vet pinpoint the most likely causes, choose tests to confirm a diagnosis, and prescribe the best treatment.

  • Its quality: Does it sound wet or dry?
  • Timing: When it happens at night, that's often a sign of fluid in the lungs or heart failure.
  • Triggers: If your cat coughs after exercise, it might have heart disease. If it happens after a meal, it could mean problems with its larynx or esophagus.

From: Why Does My Cat Cough So Much? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heartworm Society: “Heartworm Basics.”

American Veterinary Medical Association: “Disease Risks for Dogs in Social Settings.”

Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: “Pet Care: Asthma.”

Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine: “Feline Asthma: A Risky Business for Many Cats.”

The Ohio State University Research News: “Even Healthy Cats Act Sick When Their Routine Is Disrupted.”

The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine: “Life Stressors of Cats: How to Make Your Cat More Comfortable When Stress Occurs.”

Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine: “The Coughing Pet.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on June 17, 2017

SOURCES:

American Heartworm Society: “Heartworm Basics.”

American Veterinary Medical Association: “Disease Risks for Dogs in Social Settings.”

Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: “Pet Care: Asthma.”

Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine: “Feline Asthma: A Risky Business for Many Cats.”

The Ohio State University Research News: “Even Healthy Cats Act Sick When Their Routine Is Disrupted.”

The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine: “Life Stressors of Cats: How to Make Your Cat More Comfortable When Stress Occurs.”

Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine: “The Coughing Pet.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on June 17, 2017

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