Asthma can affect pets just like it can affect humans. Some pets are born with this condition, while others develop it over time. Fortunately, when you see our vet regularly at Trinity Pet Hospital, serving Laguna Hills, CA, and the nearby region, your pet can still live a long healthy life when you take the steps necessary to manage this condition.
Asthma is a condition that occurs when your pet's airways narrow and swells. Your pet may produce excess mucus from the inflammation that contributes to breathing problems as well.
A pet with this issue may experience recurring coughing spells. You might notice your dog or cat wheezes. Your pet might get winded easily or have shortness of breath. Panting is a common sign of asthma in an animal as well.
Other non-breathing related symptoms could include the following:
- Pale gums
- Decrease in appetite
- Lack of energy
Often, a pet will develop symptoms of asthma when exposed to an allergen, pollutant, or physical activity. Symptoms could also worsen or appear when your pet has a respiratory infection.
Causes of Asthma
Some pets are born with asthma. However, in other cases, a pet could develop asthma over time. Overweight pets, for example, are more at risk for this particular issue.
Asthma Treatment for Pets
A bronchodilator is often a treatment for asthma in pets. This particular medication opens your pet's airways to allow more air to flow easily.
Some pets may receive an antihistamine to stop allergies that are causing breathing problems.
Our vet will discuss your pet's lifestyle and help you determine any possible causes within your home. Our team can recommend various at-home remedies or changes that need to be made to ensure a healthy environment for your animal. For example, dust can be a major trigger for allergies and asthma in pets. To combat this problem, our team will advise you to routinely dust your home to keep the dust particles in the air at a minimum.
Additionally, if your pet has outdoor allergies, our vet might recommend shutting windows on days when the pollen count is high. Avoiding any fragrances like air fresheners, scented candles, and perfume can also ease the frequency of asthma attacks in pets.
Contact Us for Quality Vet Care in Laguna Hills, CA
Asthma doesn't have to limit your pet from getting outside and enjoying a run. It also doesn't have to take a toll on your pet's quality of life indoors when you have a vet who can provide proper management techniques. If your pet is showing any sign of asthma, contact us at Trinity Pet Hospital for proper care. We are committed to providing pets in and around the Laguna Hills area the care they need for a happy and healthy life. Call us at 949-768-1314 to learn more about how we can help.