Asthma, a condition that causes chronic lung inflammation, doesn't just affect humans. Pets can also experience asthma symptoms. If these symptoms aren't treated, they could lead to serious health issues, which is why you should bring your pet to our veterinarians in Surrey. At Peace Arch Veterinary Hospital, we diagnose and treat asthma in pets.
Symptoms of Pet Asthma
Asthma symptoms can be mild, but they can also be severe. Some of the more common signs of asthma in pets include:
- Dry coughing
- Labored or open-mouthed breathing
- Frequent panting
- Decrease in appetite
- Pale gums
Cats that have asthma may cough up mucus when they're experiencing respiratory distress. You may also see your cat squat or crouch while extending its neck while it tries to get air.
Triggers for Asthma in Pets
Asthma symptoms usually appear after a pet is exposed to an airborne allergen. The allergen can trigger an immune system reaction, causing the pet's airways to become inflamed. Allergens that can be triggers for asthma include:
- Air pollution
- Mold spores
- Air freshener or perfume
- Household cleaners
Animal Care for Asthma
If your pet is showing symptoms of asthma, it can get the care it needs at our animal hospital. Not only can we diagnose asthma and allergies, but we can create a personalized treatment plan that will help you manage your pet's condition. While there aren't any direct tests for asthma, there are a number of tools we can use to diagnose asthma in pets.
Since the symptoms associated with asthma have many potential causes, your vet may screen your pet for other health conditions, such as lungworm or a bacterial infection. We can also listen to your pet's breathing and look for signs of respiratory distress. Your vet may order an x-ray so that we can check your pet's lungs for signs of inflammation.
Once your pet has a diagnosis, we can recommend a treatment that will help you manage your pet's symptoms. Nebulizers and inhalers can open a pet's airways when it's experiencing an asthma attack. If your pet has severe asthma, we may also suggest other treatments, such as a bronchodilator. In addition to treatments, we will suggest certain preventative measures to limit your pet's exposure to allergy triggers. For example, HEPA air filters can remove allergens from the air in your home.
Get Pet Asthma Treatment from Our Veterinarians in Surrey
Asthma can be life-threatening in pets, which is why you should take asthma symptoms seriously. If your pet is showing signs of asthma, make an appointment at Peace Arch Veterinary Hospital. We're experts in animal care and when you bring your pet to our animal hospital, you can trust that it's in safe hands. Call our team today at (604) 536-3131 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.