Asthma is a respiratory disease that is estimated to be suffered by 1% of cats . As with asthmatic humans, felines also have this condition throughout their lives, because unfortunately there is no cure.
Therefore, I am going to explain to you what is the treatment for asthma in adult cats so that, in this way, you know how to improve the quality of life of your furry friend.
What is asthma?
Asthma is a disease characterized by a constriction of the bronchial tubes , which are the tubes through which air is carried from the trachea to the lungs. As a consequence, the affected animal has problems breathing normally, which can be more or less serious depending on how intense the reaction of its immune system has been to an allergen (pollen, dust, smoke, etc.).
What are the symptoms in the cat?
Symptoms are common to those of people with asthma:
- Whistling when exhaling air
- Trouble breathing
- Makes noise when breathing
- Persistent cough
- Fast breathing
If we detect any of these symptoms we have to take it to the vet as soon as possible.
How is it treated?
Once at the veterinary clinic or hospital, the professional will ask us a series of questions to find out what symptoms the feline has . Normally, only with this you can already suspect whether or not you have asthma, but to confirm this, you will also perform a blood and stool test to rule out other diseases, and a chest x-ray.
If the diagnosis is confirmed, then he will use corticosteroids and / or bronchodilators . The former are anti-inflammatory that rapidly reduce the inflammation of the bronchi, thus facilitating the entry and exit of air; the latter allow dilation of the bronchi. But in addition, at home the following measures will have to be taken :
- Use the vacuum cleaner to clean.
- Replace conventional cleaning products with other ecological or natural ones.
- Do not give him dairy products, as they can make his allergic reactions worse.
- Use a good quality, dust-free sand, such as silica.
- Give him a high-quality, grain-free diet to boost his immune system.