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Robb M. Kessel BS1, Wilfried Mai Dr Méd Vét, PhD, DACVR1, and Hayley Amerman DVM2
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  • 1 Section of Radiology, Department of Clinical Sciences and Advanced Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • | 2 Department of Pathobiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
History

An indoor-only 12-year-old 4.0-kg castrated male domestic shorthair cat was evaluated for a 6-week history of intermittent dyspnea, with a recent episode over the past 24 hours. The patient was also hyporexic and had vomited 3 times during transport to the hospital. Evaluation by the primary veterinarian 4 weeks prior led to a diagnosis of feline asthma based on clinical signs and findings on thoracic radiography. The cat was prescribed oral administration of prednisolone, theophylline, and terbutaline as needed.

On the initial physical examination, the cat was tachypneic (110 breaths/min; reference range, 15 to 30 breaths/min) and dyspneic, with

Contributor Notes

Corresponding author: Dr. Mai (wmai@vet.upenn.edu)

In collaboration with the American College of Veterinary Radiology