I recently found three kittens who were outside, freezing and dying without a mother. I decided to take them in and have been fostering them. They are about two weeks old now. They are bottle fed with KMR and have always seemed to do really well on it. A couple days ago I heard two of them coughing a little bit and I was worried. I took them to a vet and he gave me amoxi drop. Today when I fed them they were coughing after they were done eating. It had never happened before but I noticed while the one was coughing after he ate a little bit of milk came out his nose. The breathing seems a little raspy. I'm extremely worried because this seems like the symptoms of aspiration pneumonia to me and I have heard that most don't come back from that. They have been on amoxi drop a couple days now but I don't think it's helping. I'm so upset. My vet isn't a cat specialist so i thought maybe someone else would have ideas. Is there anything else I can do? Could it be something less serious?
It could be aspirate pneumonia, of course, which can occur with bottle feeding such tiny kittens. However, it could also be viral bronchitis or pneumonia, or an upper respiratory infection that is resistant to Amoxi-drops. You could ask your vet for Clavamox drops which have a broader antibiotic spectrum than Amoxi-drops. Unfortunately, antibiotic choices are limited in such young kittens. A very low dose of prednisolone may also be warranted.
Sadly, aspirate pneumonia does have a poor prognosis.
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