By Dr. Marty Becker
Q. My cat is sneezing and has a runny nose. I searched the web for her symptoms, and I'm pretty sure I know what's going on. Should I take her to the veterinarian, or can I treat her sniffles at home?
A. While upper respiratory infections are not uncommon in cats - and it is likely but not certain that's what your cat has - you need an accurate diagnosis to be sure of the cause of the symptoms. Without the right diagnosis, you won't get the right course of treatment. And left untreated, even a "routine" viral infection could get deadly serious, with complications such as pneumonia.
Your question brings up a very important point: Not all illnesses can be treated at home. While the Internet is a useful source of information and can help you assess your cat's symptoms in a very general way, it does not and cannot replace the hands-onRead More »from Can I Use the Internet to Diagnose My Cat's Runny Nose?