November 2012 Issue

The First Clue: A Persistent Cough

Wheezing and breathing though the mouth are also hallmarks of asthma and warrant a veterinary visit.

You may be accustomed to hearing your healthy and usually demure cat making hacking noises to try to bring up a hairball. But you’d be wise not to ignore these sounds. They could be an indicator of asthma, an inflammation of the airways that can make breathing difficult. A persistent cough warrants a veterinary exam as soon as possible.

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