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One of my cats, Turbo, has been coughing and has a discharge from her eyes. She also had a fever. I took her to our veterinarian and he diagnosed her with an upper respiratory infection. She is now on antibiotics. Are there any natural remedies that can help her as well? 


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Most upper respiratory infections are viral. I am guessing the veterinarian put her on antibiotics because the fever may indicate a secondary bacterial infection. There are a few things you can do for Turbo to help build her immune system to fight the infection.

  1. Immune Support: Try Only Natural Pet Immune Strengthener. This is a holistic blend of vitamins and herbs which supports the immune system in ridding itself of the virus.
  2. L-Lysine: This amino acid provides additional immune support and helps reduce viral replication. L-Lysine is available in Feline Immune Support by Genesis Resources. Give 500 mg. twice a day.
  3. Vitamin C: This is always a good supplement to fight viral infections, and it also is a good antioxidant. Give 250 mg. daily and reduce if stools become too soft. Continue Vitamin C supplementation until symptoms have been absent for at least several weeks.
  4. Probiotics: Since Turbo is on antibiotics, she could benefit from probiotics to help her digestive system rebalance its intestinal flora.
  5. Homeopathy: Typically I would prescribe a homeopathic remedy in a case like this. This cannot be done, however, without more detailed information, as there are many different remedies that might be appropriate depending on the individual symptoms. If you are interested in a homeopathic remedy please read our article on Homeopathy for Pet Health, and if this seems appropriate for your cat, contact a holistic veterinarian trained in homeopathy. For a qualified holistic veterinarian in your area check the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association Referral List.
  6. For Turbo’s Housemates: Since you begin your note with “one of my cats,” I am assuming you have others. To protect them from contracting the virus start them on an immune support supplement, like Arabinogalanctan Powder.
  7. Diet: If you have not already, please read our article, "What You Need to Know About Your Pet’s Food" in our Articles section. What Turbo eats has a very significant effect on her overall health and immunity to illness. Feed her the best diet you can that fits within your lifestyle and budget. Make sure she has access to clean, fresh water at all times. Some cats drink better from lightly running or circulating water. A fountain type waterer is recommended for cats that won't drink for still water.
  8. Fresh Air: You do not say if Turbo is an indoor only cat or if she has access to the outdoors. Clean, fresh air is important for her while healing and in general. If she is indoor only – try to find a way to give her access to a porch or balcony that is secured – even a partially open window with something nearby for her to sit or lie on. If she is amenable to it, you could try a kitty harness and leash to let her explore the outdoors safely, but be sure to keep her off chemically treated grass or garden areas. Consider an air filter if you cannot provide adequate fresh air.


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