Asthma in pets is considered an allergic condition and is normally triggered by inhaled irritants and allergens. We would like to share some of the most common causes, symptoms, and treatment options for pet asthma here at Methuen Veterinary Hospital. We want you to know that your pet does not have to suffer. If you suspect your pet does have asthma, we are ready to assist you.


Causes & Symptoms of Pet Asthma 

There is no one specific cause of pet asthma. However, if your cat or dog does have asthma, there are a number of different triggers that could be causing their asthma attacks including:

  • Pollen
  • Grass
  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Perfume
  • Household chemicals
  • Aerosol sprays
  • Pre-existing health issues or illnesses 

Symptoms of pet asthma normally begin within minutes of being exposed to the trigger. Common pet asthma symptoms include:

  • Heavy panting
  • Wheezing
  • Persistent coughing
  • Loss of energy
  • Bluish gums caused by a lack of oxygen
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Difficulty breathing often suddenly

Diagnosis & Treatment

In order for our vet to accurately diagnose pet asthma, we have to eliminate other possible diseases that can be causing similar symptoms. Other diseases that cause similar symptoms are bacterial infections, heart disease, and heartworm disease. Our vet will assess your pet thoroughly via a physical exam and make a decision regarding your pet’s overall health. Our vet may also perform an x-ray or heartworm testing to gain more insight into your pet’s medical condition.

Depending on the severity and the frequency of your pet’s asthma attacks, treatment recommendations will vary. Our veterinarian may prescribe anti-inflammatory steroids to help control the asthma symptoms and prevent long-term lung damage. Always take your pet’s asthma symptoms seriously to avoid any permanent damage if your pet begins to show signs of an asthma attack.

Preventing Asthma Attacks

In addition to giving your pet prescription medication, measures you can take to prevent future asthma attacks include:

  • Avoid smoking around your pet
  • Avoid scented litter
  • Avoid spraying perfumes, scented products, and aerosols
  • Ensure your pet’s environment is well-ventilated

Schedule an Appointment with Our Vet in Methuen for Pet Asthma Treatment

If you suspect your pet is suffering from asthma, contact Methuen Veterinary Hospital today. We take all pet medical conditions seriously and our goal is to get your pet back on the right track to living a healthy lifestyle. Call us today at (978) 685-8031for more information on pet asthma or to schedule an appointment with our vet.


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