Does Your Pet Suffer from Asthma?

Like people, dogs and cats are prone to asthma attacks. Asthma attacks make it difficult for an animal to breathe due to the tightening of the muscles surrounding the bronchospasm. If your pet has asthma, he or she could have an attack at any time. Uncontrolled asthma can weaken your pet’s health and restrict his or her activities, lowering its quality of life. At The Brentwood Animal Hospital in Pensacola, our vet can uncover the causes of your dog or cat’s asthma symptoms, so he or she can get treatment right away. Here’s what you should know about asthma causes, symptoms, and treatment.


Causes of Asthma

Asthma triggers can vary from one pet to the next. Each dog and cat may be allergic to different substances. Generally, asthma triggers include pollen, dust mites, household chemicals, mold and mildew, aerosol sprays, fertilizers, certain types of foods, viruses, and infections. Cigarette smoke and smoke from a fireplace can also set off asthma symptoms.

Asthma is more common in cats than it is in dogs. Cats are also more likely to suffer severe symptoms. In terms of age, pets are more susceptible to asthma attacks between the ages of 2 and 8. If your pet is overweight, he or she’s more vulnerable to this condition.  

Asthma Symptoms

Coughing is one of the first signs of asthma in pets. Coughing may be followed by wheezing, shortness of breath, or labored breathing. Asthma can also cause loss of appetite, lack of energy, listlessness, and lethargy.

Asthma Treatments

The first step toward long term asthma relief is identifying the allergen(s) causing your pet’s symptoms. Your vet in Pensacola may use X-rays or lab tests to help determine what’s triggering your furry pet’s asthma attacks so that you can eliminate these substances from his or her environment. If your dog or cat suffers from chronic asthma, we’ll recommend medications to reduce the severity and frequency of the attacks. Oral medications and inhalants can be used to ease your pet’s asthma symptoms.

See Your Vet in Pensacola for Asthma Treatment

To schedule a consultation for asthma diagnosis and treatment, contact The Brentwood Animal Hospital in Pensacola at 850-292-2503 today. The sooner you get an accurate diagnosis for your pet’s condition, the sooner he or she can start treatment.