How is cat bordetellosis treated?
If you suspect your cat has bordetellosis, your vet will perform a complete physical examination as well as a full blood count, biochemistry profile, urinalysis and electrolyte panel. They may also carry out an X-ray to view any abnormalities of the lungs – especially if pneumonia has developed.
Your cat should rest in a quiet place, and your vet will prescribe antimicrobial medication and fluid therapy. Your cat should recover in a few weeks, though repeat x-rays may be needed.
It’s a good idea to discuss costs with your vet before starting any treatment.
How do I stop my cat getting bordetellosis?
If your cat hasn’t already contracted the condition, you can have them vaccinated against bordetellosis.
If you’re thinking of adopting a pet with bordetellosis
Make sure you review the clinical history of your new pet and ask for more details on how the condition has been treated. You’ll need to sign a disclaimer to confirm you’ve been made aware of the condition. Any pet who’s had treatment is likely to have pet insurance exclusions, so it’s worth discussing potential on-going costs with your vet.