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Feature February 2015 Issue

Diagnosis: Feline Asthma

While asthma occurs in approximately one percent of the feline population, it approaches five percent in the Siamese cat population.

Diagnosis: Feline Asthma

Modern advances have made the treatment of this airway disease more effective and less stressful for our cats. Here are the latest options.

Recently, my first appointment of the morning was Gypsy, a five-year-old neutered male Siamese. The chief complaint written in the appointment book was the vague description of “hairball problem.” In the exam room, I asked the owner to elaborate. “He’s been trying to cough up a hairball for weeks,” explained Gypsy’s owner. “But nothing ever comes up.”

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