Kimber writes with a question about her kitty: My 17 year old cat got an upper respiratory infection in early April. Last year, he had tremendous trouble with amoxicillin and clindamycin, vomiting 6-8 times after eating even if I gave him yogurt to help with digestion. Therefore, I insisted that something else be used in April. They gave him an injection of Convenia, but now he is sneezing and snarking again, as well as blowing tiny nose bubbles. I know Convenia has some deadly risks and am fearful of tempting fate. What do you recommend be done at this point?Kimber, thank you for the opportunity to write about Convenia. It is such an incredibly useful drug and we use massive volumes of it.
On the Internet you can read plenty of negative material about every drug that has ever been manufactured, US or foreign. I have addressed some of those comments in this post. Besides, 64% of the medical information on the Internet is either outdated, or outright wrong.
For a variety of cat problems, bacterial respiratory tract diseases included, Convenia is terrific and quite safe. Of course, there is no such thing as a 100% safe pharmaceutical, and a 17-year-old kitty is likely to have other physical and metabolic problems, too.
Age-appropriate laboratory testing should be performed at least every six months on patients in this age group, when possible.
See you tomorrow, Dr. Randolph.
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