Respiratory infections

Feline respiratory tract infections commonly occur secondarily when normal flora that colonise the mucosa of nasal cavities invade damaged tissues. Viral infections like feline herpesvirus and feline calicivirus are believed to be primary causes of upper respiratory tract infections. Independently of the cause, primary or secondary bacterial infections are very difficult to be distinguished based on clinical signs, because the resultant mucopurulent discharges are very similar. Common pathogens capable of inducing secondary bacterial infections after the primary damage are Staphylococcus spp., Streptococcus spp.,Pasteurella spp., Escherichia coli, and anaerobes.

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