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my precious cat pepper is 22 years old. me and her have really grown up together. I know im not going to have her around forever but any more time i can have with her i would be so thankful for.she has developed a green/yellow runny nose and sounds like she may be wizzing a bit. i have some childrens amoxicillin and was wondering if it would be ok to give it to her?she really isnt acting real sick but i know that if i dont do something now its going to only get worse. i would take her to the vet but i cant afford it at this time. please help me save my very old friend.


Typically antibiotics like this don't have a very long shelf life once they're re-constituted so I wouldn't advise giving your kitty the amoxicillin. It does sound like Pepper has some sort of a respiratory infection, and I would guess that since she is 22 years old you have built a relationship with a family vet. Sometimes vet clinics will be willing to take post dated cheques as payment for services rendered in cases where the pet has been a patient for some time. Another option to consider if your family vet won't allow you to post date one or more cheques to pay for Pepper to be checked over and treated would be to apply for Care Credit - they offer credit to pet parents who need it for vet bills. Many places also have low cost veterinary clinics that are willing to make payment arrangements. The fact that you say that Pepper sounds like she is wheezing a bit is concerning to me, especially given her age so I would suggest having a vet see her as soon as possible for assessment and treatment. If you have any further questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me again at any time - I'm more than happy to help in any way that I can.

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