Do you mean chest xray or via stethoscope? 
Frankie's didn't show up on xrays for years. It took that long for the lungs to 
Keisha's chest xray didn't indicate asthma but pred cleared her right up so the 
vet said she did have asthma. 
Generally, the chest xray and "parent's" report of symtoms are the means for 
diagnosing asthma. 
I am not sure if a stethoscope listen can rule in or rule out asthma. I know 
the vet always listens to Frankie's lungs....
no one has ever said.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: catatonya 
  Sent: Monday, March 10, 2008 7:57 PM
  Subject: Re: coughing, sneezing allergies

  his lungs are clear. doesn't that rule out asthma??

  laurieskatz <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: 
    yes. or asthma (which can be manifestation of allergies).
      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: catatonya 
      Sent: Sunday, March 02, 2008 11:21 AM
      Subject: Re: coughing, sneezing allergies

      I have wondered if Sneaker's sneezing/breathing problems could be allergy 
related.  The vet seems to think it's herpes virus...
      I have started adding lysine to his food.

      Sally Davis <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
        This sounds like what I am going through with Junior. He is now off 
antibiotics and getting chlorpheneramine to relieve congestion. He is about the 
same after a month. I think his is herpes as well. He also has the eye crud 
typical of herpes. He has been receiving L Lysine for over a year. I can only 
assume it slows the herpes virus down.

        A little over a month ago I decided to change his canned catfood. He is 
now eating Blue Buffalo Spa Selects. He likes the fishy kinds the most. He was 
having issues with his coat and this was a test to see if it helped. His fur 
was all over the house and always came out in clumps. I am happy to report he 
is no longer losing fur in clumps. His coat is still scruffy as my vet calls 
it, but I think that is more a grooming issue. Before he was on canned IAMS. He 
still free feeds on IAMS multicat. I have several porkers in the house, I was 
hoping this would help. Not sure it has made any difference other than the 
catfood bill going up. I need to weigh one of them to see.

        A very nasty day here in VA. Hope everyone is warm.


        On Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 11:29 PM, catatonya <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

          I'm currently having similar problems with my Sneaker.  His lungs are 
clear.  He has had an upper resp. infection for weeks now, months really.  they 
did a culture and found he had a staph infection, but that part is cleared up. 
He is on his 4th round of antibiotics..... the vet thinks it's viral and could 
be herpes.  He hasn't been a ton of help. If anyone has any ideas I would love 
to hear them.

          Belinda Sauro <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
            This really got my curiosity, my Joey has episodes where his purr 
            sounds wet, rumbly and his breathing too, is how I would described 
it to 
            my vet. She has checked his lungs when he is having one of these 
            episodes and says his lungs are clear, that it is contained to his 
            sinuses. He has never had coughing but I'm curious, can he have 
            without coughing. These epsodes don't seem to bother him, they 
            me more than him, he doesn't seem to notice them at all.


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