Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Symptoms of Feline Asthma And How You Can Treat Them

Feline Asthma  effects approximately 1-5% of the approximate 80 million pet cats in the United States; making it the most commonly diagnosed respiratory disease.  It usually effects cats between 2-5 years of age and some breeds (Siamese and Himalayan) seem to be inflicted with the condition more often. There is not one test that will determine if your cat is suffering from asthma, but your vet will most likely use a combination of medical history, x-rays and other diagnostic tests (mainly to rule out other health conditions) to make a diagnosis.

An asthma attack is when the the passageways in the lungs become inflamed,  constricting the airflow, making it very hard for your cat to breathe. An asthma attack can quickly become a serious incident and you should seek medical attention immediately if your pet is having respiratory distress. 

Unfortunately, there is no cure for Feline Asthma, but often the condition can be managed very effectively using conventional and holistic veterinary care.  Researchers believe that asthma is a result of exposure to an allergen that triggers the inflammatory response and the response will be more progressive with each exposure to the allergen. Therefore the first step is to try to avoid the potential allergen causing the attacks.  Common allergens may include: pollen, grass, mold, dust from cat litter, smoke, and some foods. 

Symptoms of Feline Asthma:
*Coughing, Hacking and Wheezing
*Persistent Cough
*Open mouth breathing
*Hunched shoulders
*Rapid Breathing
*Gagging or Vomiting foamy mucus
*Blue lips and gums

Standard veterinary treatment usually includes the use of corticosteroid drugs and a bronchodilator to reduce inflammation and open up the passages making it easier for your cat to breathe. However, long term use of these drugs may cause other health problems such as pancreatitis and diabetes and the risk vs. benefit should be discussed with your veterinarian. 

Many pet owners have found using a holistic approach along with the standard treatment can reduce the need for corticosteroids and bronchodilators.  Feeding a hypoallergenic,  anti-inflammatory diet along with a few holistic supplements can be life-changing for cats with asthma.  This is because this natural approach will help reduce exposure to allergens, reduce inflammation and that reduce inflammation, strengthen the pets immune system and reduce the allergic response to allergens can be just the key to reducing the frequency and intensity of the attacks.

Click here for a detailed holistic plan on how you can help your cat with felline asthma on this link

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Power Probiotic for Pets- High quality probiotic for overall immune support
Notatum- works to boost immune system from the inside out
Quentans- Powerful immune support especially for skin problems and respiratory problems.
Immune Harmony- Helps rebalance immune system
Argentyn - a natural infection fighter, that builds the immune system.

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