Feline Asthma Help
May 28, 2012 by Gloria.
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All of us love our pets. They provide unconditional love, and especially in regards to cats, require much less ‘maintenance’ than a human companion would. That is not to say however, that they don’t need your help. One little known condition that some cats develop is feline asthma. Roughly one percent of felines are affected by feline asthma, but scientists say the number is rising.
Similar to asthma in humans, feline asthma is an inflammation in the lung tissues and muscle bands surrounding the lungs. Once their lungs are inflamed, cats’ lungs also often begin filling with fluid. It can make your cat feel that they are breathing through a straw…not comfortable.
However, asthma often goes unnoticed in felines for longer than in humans. Many people attribute symptoms such as wheezing to ‘hairballs’. But for some cats, their asthma can affect their quality of life, and must be treated. Just like with a human, a full treatment regimen is required to keep feline asthma under control. The cat’s owner should also keep an emergency inhaler on hand in case their cat comes into contact with an environmental irritant that causes an asthma attack.
There are many different ways to treat feline asthma, similar to asthma in humans. It will depend on your cat’s particular case as to which feline asthma treatment will be the best at treating your cat’s symptoms. The easiest way to give your cat its asthma medication tends to be an oral medication. Often these oral medications are steroidal, and help your cat to better handle environmental asthma triggers. Cats are considered to be ‘steroid-resistant’, but can still develop side effects. Be sure to talk to your vet about potential side effects before giving your cat its medication. Theophylline is one of the most popular. Brand named Theodur, or Uniphyl, theophylline has been used for years in humans to repress their asthma symptoms. It is offered as a pill, which over time helps to reduce lung inflammation and widen airways. This makes breathing easier on your pet. Theophylline tends to build up in the blood, so your vet may recommend that you bring your cat in for periodic blood tests.
If your cat will not ingest pills, but is still have asthma attacks, your vet may begin giving them injectable steroids. These work the same as an ingested pill; they reduce swelling in the muscle bands and lung tissue, helping your cat breathe better. However, injectable cortisteroids are more difficult to maintain, as their levels in the blood cannot be adjusted once injected. If possible, oral solution and pill asthma medications are the best remedy.
An asthmatic feline will be a very expensive, recurring medical bill. However, you do not have to pay expensive veterinary medication prices. A Canadian pharmacy has direct contact with the manufacturer, and will help you buy Singulair cheap, Uniphyl, or other feline asthma treatments for much less than you would pay at the vet.
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