Anonymous:How do you know your cat has flu and not just a cold? What treatment can be applied at home without a vet's help?
Anonymous:Luckily my kitty is not ill now. I asked that for future needs. Do you mean a cold can be as dangerous as flu and I ought to rush to a vet no matter what the symptoms are? I strongly believe there must be cases when it can be treated at home. I am not headstrong but I believe in common sense. Is there a line when it's OK to treat an illness at home and when it's a must to see a vet?
Flu and cold symptoms can be very similar in the beginning. They can both include sneezing, runny eyes and nose (clear discharge), loss of appetite. As the disease progresses, flu symptoms will include conjunctivitis (red swollen eyes with pus), rhinitis (nose discharge turns think and green), fever, and dehydration. The common sense tells me we cannot always tell a cold from flu at an early stage, while a vet can take a swab from the cat's throat for a test. So, visiting a vet is not pointless.
Anonymous:OK I understand... don't vets give the same broad-spectrum antibiotics always? By the way antibiotics have no effect upon viral infections such as colds or flu so why do vets prescribe them? Used over and over again they become less effective don't they... sorry if I sound annoying but I've been wondering about it for weeks!
AnonymousBy the way antibiotics have no effect upon viral infections such as colds or flu so why do vets prescribe them?Viral infections weaken the immune system and it can give a start to bacteria growth. That's why antibiotics are required anyways.
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