Upper Respiratory Tract Infection in Cats

This is Whiteball: he was killed by an incompetent vet
Whiteball: Killed by an Incompetent Vet

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  1. Partha Roy says:

    Firstly, if you worry about pain you cant treat a patient. Secondly, ceftriaxone is drug of choice for first line treatment in URD’s or any serious infection. Cefotaxime is much inferior in terms of MIC. And cefotaxime can be administered subcutaneously. Thirdly cefotaxime, ceftriaxone and amoxicillin are not same. Cefotaxime and ceftriaxone are 3rd gen cephalosporins and ammoxicillin is a penicillin.

    I would never consider using augmentin for major infections. Ceftriaxone is the drug of choice for empirical treatment although it is very painful when given IM. But again giving IV is difficult in home setup. But I always fix a cannula if possible and give slow IV(over 30 mins). Problem is you will have to keep a close watch that the cannula does not come out. Also you need to flush it with saline and heparin every 4-5 hrs if no fluids are given. But if cat s too fractious or not too ill, I choose IM.

    I should mention that once I had to euthanize 3 cats in a single day for using amoxicillin clavulanate as the first line of treatment. The infection got worse(probably resistance to penicillin) and I had no option but to euthanize.

    Basically if you cat has serious infection(not oral…for oral I prefer clindamycin. although augmentin is OK), ceftriaxone should be the first choice(if gram -ve infection is suspected). Then if possible do a culture and sensitivity test. And then if required, change to appropiate antibiotic.

  2. kapush says:

    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience.

    Regarding worrying about pain – if you do (and I would expect any animal lover would), you make the effort to find a place like Moitri.

    About first line treatment and drugs of choice – I’ll skip that part since I am not a doctor. However, about a month back, I managed to save a cat using Augmentin oral. She had to be kept on drip for a week (as she couldn’t eat).

    Sorry to hear you had to euthenize – never a happy experience.

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