Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins, a cat-only veterinarian in Yorba Linda, CA and author of â€Your Cat: Simple New Secrets to a Longer, Stronger Lifeâ€, recently answered questions from cat owners in regards to cat health.
One reader asked about her cat that constantly sneezed and mucous coming out of her nose. Dr. Hodgkins said the four most likely explanations for the snotty nose are polyps in the nose, a tumor in the nasal passage, an allergic reaction or â€“- the most likely of all â€“- chronic herpes virus. Testing for herpes is the first thing that she suggested the cat owner should do.
Hodgkins explained that there is no cure for chronic herpes and it can be a lifetime problem. A treatment is available to help alleviate the symptoms of the cats. Anti-viral medication is suggested for cats who have extreme symptoms.
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