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Other common causes of nasal discharge include viral, bacterial or fungal infections, foreign bodies, allergies, polyps, neoplasia, and extension of diseases from oral cavity.
In most of instances dogs will require treatment with antibiotics, anti-inflammatory or antihistamine medications and in cases of persistent nasal discharge further investigation like x-ray of the nasal cavity, endoscopy, culture of the nasal mucus is warranted. Therefore, it is strongly advised to have your pet checked by your veterinarian if the discharge persists.
The coughing episodes of the adult cat could be completely unrelated to the cause of sneezing of your new kitten, especially if your adult cat is already vaccinated.
The cause of cough in adult cats are not necessarily related to respiratory problems, heart problems could cause that as well.
Keep the nose and the eyes of your kitten free from discharge, keep your kitten warm and take both of them to your veterinarian as soon as possible to identify the cause and the relationship of the two problems and treat appropriately.
Saline nose drops, like those that are used on little kids, are safe to use on a cat to clean the discharge that is dried around and in the nose. There’s a brand called Little Noses that’s available in the U.S. That I like. You can put it on a q-tip and try to remove the debris. Humidifying the air with a humidifier can help as well, or you can put the cat in the bathroom and run the shower enough to generate steam. Don’t use “real” nose drops like Neo-synephrine or anything else like that – cats quickly build up resistance to them.
A 3 oz can of food is an OK amount in 24 hours, but do try the techniques above to help your cat get more interested in food. You might also try some baby food – no garlic or onions in the ingredients – as cats usually really like the taste of it.
You can stimulate his appetite by offering canned foods that you’ve warmed slightly in the microwave – this intensifies the smell and encourages them to eat. You can also flavor his water with a small amount of chicken broth or clam juice. Put him in the bathroom when you take a shower or run a humidifier to get some steam in the air and soothe his nasal passages. And you can use children’s saline nose drops – Little Noses is a brand I like – to clean dried debris from the nose.
If the discharge becomes cloudy, yellow, or green, I’m sorry but this indicates bacterial infection and he needs to see a vet.
This condition, also known as “cat flu”, is seen most often in kittens. It is caused by one of several viruses or bacteria and common symptoms include a runny nose, runny eyes, sneezing, wheezing and congestion.
In some cases, the discharge may change color to greenish or yellow, indicating a secondary infection. Cats that are in high stress environments or in contact with other cats are most likely to get URIs.
At home, be sure to keep your cat eating and drinking to prevent dehydration. You can also use a warm washcloth to remove any debris from the eyes or nose that is making seeing or breathing difficult.
Finally, keep in mind that if the symptoms continue for more than a day or two, the discharge becomes green or yellow, or your cat appears to be feverish or in distress, veterinary care should be sought without further delay.
Dogs can also get chronic rhinitis (inflammation of the nasal passages) due to infectious (viruses, bacteria, even parasites) causes or immune-mediated causes. Your vet should be able to tell you more after an exam and some testing. She may benefit from anti-histamines or other drugs, but it’s important to figure out the cause so that appropriate treatment can be determined.