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Paula Sims
December 7th 05, 02:18 AM
Hi there,
I've posted this question before but I think the situation may have
gotten worse.

Our 10 year old female Bombay (Gypsy) has had a cough for almost 2 years
now. In that time we've had her checked for heart worm twice (negative),
a heart echo, injected her with Baytril for over 2 months, and now are
using Prednisone and Allbuterol for asthma like treatments (based on x-
ray results). Oh yea, in the middle there were steroid shots which
seemed to help for a month or so but then the cough came back

At first the cough was dry and now it's loose. Yesterday it seemed like
she "coughed up" something. When listening to her lungs, a definite
gurgle is heard although it goes away (temporarily) after the inhaler.

Any suggestions on how to treat her completely? The vet is getting
really stumped and I think the next step might be to scope her to see
what's actually in there.

Any and all ideas are welcome. Thanks so much for your time.

Paula

December 7th 05, 02:39 AM
Paula Sims wrote:
> Hi there,
> I've posted this question before but I think the situation may have
> gotten worse.
>
> Our 10 year old female Bombay (Gypsy) has had a cough for almost 2 years
> now. In that time we've had her checked for heart worm twice (negative),
> a heart echo, injected her with Baytril for over 2 months, and now are
> using Prednisone and Allbuterol for asthma like treatments (based on x-
> ray results). Oh yea, in the middle there were steroid shots which
> seemed to help for a month or so but then the cough came back
>
> At first the cough was dry and now it's loose. Yesterday it seemed like
> she "coughed up" something. When listening to her lungs, a definite
> gurgle is heard although it goes away (temporarily) after the inhaler.
>
> Any suggestions on how to treat her completely? The vet is getting
> really stumped and I think the next step might be to scope her to see
> what's actually in there.
>
> Any and all ideas are welcome. Thanks so much for your time.
>
> Paula

Do you live near a big vet hospital or school where a visiting
specialist might give an opinion? Or maybe call one up. After 2 years,
can your current vet ask for advice from a vet that specializes in
lungs?

You sound pretty thorough so I assume you have checked out all possible
lung infections. She does not have any bacterial, fungal, or viral lung
infections, yes?

Could you post a recent lab analysis? Blood analysis? Some here are
pretty good so it might help to show what tests specifically you have
had done.

Kitty needs some help. She is taking some pretty strong meds, steroids
and inhalers are serious medications. Does she have fever? Why the
Baytril? Was there a definitive diagnosis of some sort? Seems not. Was
this many shots in the dark, so to speak?

J. Martin
December 7th 05, 07:10 AM
"Paula Sims" > wrote in message
.net...
> Hi there,
> I've posted this question before but I think the situation may have
> gotten worse.
>
> Our 10 year old female Bombay (Gypsy) has had a cough for almost 2 years
> now. In that time we've had her checked for heart worm twice (negative),
> a heart echo, injected her with Baytril for over 2 months, and now are
> using Prednisone and Allbuterol for asthma like treatments (based on x-
> ray results). Oh yea, in the middle there were steroid shots which
> seemed to help for a month or so but then the cough came back
>
> At first the cough was dry and now it's loose. Yesterday it seemed like
> she "coughed up" something. When listening to her lungs, a definite
> gurgle is heard although it goes away (temporarily) after the inhaler.
>
> Any suggestions on how to treat her completely? The vet is getting
> really stumped and I think the next step might be to scope her to see
> what's actually in there.
>
> Any and all ideas are welcome. Thanks so much for your time.
>
> Paula

These are not unusual signs for a cat with asthma. If symptoms are
worsening then it may be time to repeat chest x-rays and some bloodwork
(especially red and white cell counts). Your vet can gain additional
information by doing a tracheal wash under anesthesia and sending samples
for cytology and culture. If you are very concerned then you can ask your
vet to refer you to a specialist who could re-evaluate all the testing that
has been done thus far and could do a bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) with a
scope. Also since you are using an inhaler already you may want to ask
about trying a steroid inhaler (Flovent) in place of prednisone.

J. dvm

jmc
December 7th 05, 06:57 PM
Suddenly, without warning, Paula Sims exclaimed (07-Dec-05 2:18 AM):
> Hi there,
> I've posted this question before but I think the situation may have
> gotten worse.
>
> Our 10 year old female Bombay (Gypsy) has had a cough for almost 2 years
> now. In that time we've had her checked for heart worm twice (negative),
> a heart echo, injected her with Baytril for over 2 months, and now are
> using Prednisone and Allbuterol for asthma like treatments (based on x-
> ray results). Oh yea, in the middle there were steroid shots which
> seemed to help for a month or so but then the cough came back
>
> At first the cough was dry and now it's loose. Yesterday it seemed like
> she "coughed up" something. When listening to her lungs, a definite
> gurgle is heard although it goes away (temporarily) after the inhaler.
>
> Any suggestions on how to treat her completely? The vet is getting
> really stumped and I think the next step might be to scope her to see
> what's actually in there.
>
> Any and all ideas are welcome. Thanks so much for your time.
>
> Paula

I'm not sure if it's true for a cat, but a cough in a dog or a human
can be a sign of heart issues, especially if it's a dry cough. If
that's the case, it might only be a wet cough right now due to a cold or
something.

Has the vet ever had a good look at her ticker?

Jodi

yngver
December 8th 05, 10:34 PM
Paula Sims wrote:
> Hi there,
> I've posted this question before but I think the situation may have
> gotten worse.
>
> Our 10 year old female Bombay (Gypsy) has had a cough for almost 2 years
> now. In that time we've had her checked for heart worm twice (negative),
> a heart echo, injected her with Baytril for over 2 months, and now are
> using Prednisone and Allbuterol for asthma like treatments (based on x-
> ray results). Oh yea, in the middle there were steroid shots which
> seemed to help for a month or so but then the cough came back
>
> At first the cough was dry and now it's loose. Yesterday it seemed like
> she "coughed up" something. When listening to her lungs, a definite
> gurgle is heard although it goes away (temporarily) after the inhaler.
>
> Any suggestions on how to treat her completely? The vet is getting
> really stumped and I think the next step might be to scope her to see
> what's actually in there.

Paula, a couple of years ago our cat was diagnosed with mild asthma due
to the appearance of her x-ray and the fact that she responded almost
immediately to prednisone. She has been on the inhaled cortisteroid
Flovent for two years and it has completely controlled her
coughing--she has coughed maybe twice, and very briefly, in the whole
two years. Since the echocardiogram and heartworm check didn't show
anything, it does sound as though Gypsy has asthma although there are a
few other remote possibilities.

Here's one of the best sites on feline asthma/bronchitis:
http://www.fritzthebrave.com/asthma/overview.html
And the yahoo group for inhaled asthma medications for cats:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/felineasthma_inhaledmeds/

This group is great and can answer many of your questions. Good luck.
If your cat does have asthma, and from your description it sounds most
likely, it should be encouraging to know that many people have found
the use of inhaled medication (Flovent) completely controls the asthma
and eliminates the couging.
-Yngver