Could Your Dog Have Asthma?

Asthma in dogsAsthma in dogs is more common and problematic than one might imagine. While asthma is common in humans, it can occur in our pets as well. Asthma can be a scary condition and, if left untreated, can cause life-threatening complications. It is important to know the symptoms of asthma and to contact Whitworth  Animal Clinic if you suspect that your dog, cat, or other pet may be suffering from the condition. Below are some of the signs that your pet may have asthma.

  1. Excessive Panting With Mouth Wide Open
  2. Wheezing
  3. Rapid Breathing
  4. Persistent Cough
  5. Respiratory Distress (often sudden)
  6. Decreased Energy
  7. Pale or Bluesish Gums
  8. Loss of Appetite

Asthma in dogs is an uncomfortable and dangerous condition that affects many dogs. Cats are more susceptible to asthma, but dogs are also known to develop the disorder. Pay attention to the signs for asthma, and if you suspect that your animal may be suffering from it, the best thing you can do is consult with our Veterinary Team. While asthma may be the cause of these symptoms, there are a number of other serious conditions that can cause similar symptoms.

Diagnosis of Asthma in Dogs

To diagnose asthma in dogs Dr. Whitworth will first work to rule out other possible causes of the symptoms such as heart disease, bacterial infections, and heartworm disease. After a complete physical examination to determine your dog’s overall health, he may recommend other diagnostic tests such as x-rays or heartworm testing to provide further insights to your pet’s condition.

Treatments For Dogs With Asthma

Based upon the severity and frequency of your dog’s asthma attacks, Dr. Whitworth may prescribe anti-inflammatory steroid medications to help to control the symptoms and prevent long-term damage to the lungs. Permanent damage can result from asthma attacks, which is why you should always take symptoms seriously and contact Whitworth Animal Clinic if your dog shows signs of having an asthma attack.

In some cases Dr. Whitworth may prescribe inhalers for your dog. Albuterol sulfate, (Common brands include Proventil and Ventolin) can help to relax the dog’s airway muscles to improve breathing. Do not give your dog medications without consulting with Dr. Whitworth. Many human medications are toxic to dogs.

Preventing Your Dog From Having Asthma Attacks

Cigarette smoke, cleaning products, pollen and mold are some of the most common triggers of asthma attacks in dogs. If you and Dr. Whitworth are able to determine the cause of your dog’s asthma attacks, avoiding the allergen entirely is the best thing you can do to help your dog. The less exposure your dog has to the irritant, the fewer attacks your dogs is likely to experience.