Asthma in Pets
Do you notice that your pets struggle with their breathing during exercise or during seasonal changes? It's possible that your pet may be suffering from asthma. At Central Animal Hospital in Scarsdale, NY, our vet is here to help pet owners understand how to recognize and treat asthma in their pets.
Causes and Symptoms of Pet Asthma
Just like asthma in humans, asthma in pets is the body's overactive response to a trigger in the environment. The body reacts to the trigger with lung and airway inflammation, which causes asthma symptoms. Any animal can develop asthma, but cats are much more likely to acquire the condition than dogs. Small dogs are more likely to develop asthma than large dogs.
Just like humans, there are certain environmental factors that can make an animal more likely to develop asthma. If an animal is exposed to secondhand smoke, air fresheners, air pollution, large amounts of dust (especially cat litter dust), and mold. Some animals even exhibit asthma symptoms after being exposed to candles and/or cooking odors.
Panting is a normal way for a dog to cool down, but excessive panting can be a sign of asthma. Occasional panting can be normal for cats, especially if you live in a hot climate or your cat is participating in strenuous physical activity. Panting in cats can also be a sign of a cardiovascular problem, so it's important to talk to our veterinarian about this symptom. Other signs of asthma in animals include taking a long time to cool down or catch their breath, wheezing, coughing, and breathing more quickly than usual.
Pet Asthma Treatment
When you come in for your first appointment with our vet, we'll talk with you about the asthma symptoms your pet is experiencing. It's a good idea to keep some notes on the symptoms your pet has been exhibiting, as well as how often you observe the symptoms. If we determine that your pet is suffering from asthma, we'll develop a treatment plan. Most animals respond best to a combination of medications that reduce inflammation in the lungs and lifestyle/ environment changes.
Of course, if your pet is experiencing respiratory distress, it's important that you seek emergency veterinary care right away.
Call Our Scarsdale Vet
If your pets are showing signs of asthma, it's important that you get them medical treatment right away. Call Central Animal Hospital in Scarsdale, NY, at 914-723-1250. We look forward to helping you and your pet enjoy a long, happy life together.