Chronic nasal discharge in the cat

Runny noses in cats

source: Feline Advisory Bureau Volume 39 (1) 2001
starts page 15, 2 pages long

Idiopathic rhinitis is a common form of chronic upper respiratory tract (URT) disease caused by a bacterial infection in the nose secondary to a virus such as cat flu. Other forms are rare, but can include fungal infection, polyps, cancer and physical damage from foreign objects. The symptoms include nasal discharge, which may affect one or both sides of the nose, sneezing, runny eyes, facial swelling and enlarged lymph nodes. Diagnostic tests include haematology, biochemistry and nose and throat swabs, as well as more extensive investigations such as x-rays and surgical rhinotomy. Treatment for URT disease usually involves controlling the clinical signs with antibiotics, steam inhalation and flushing the nasal passages.