Canine Asthma: Does your Pekingese Have It?

 


Canine asthma is relatively uncommon in dogs and is much more frequent in the feline family. But when a dog does have it, you as an owner should be able to recognize it and know how to handle it. Just like in humans, asthma occurs when the airway is obstructed due to the mucus that is filling up the lungs and air passages. This would lead to the spasms of the bronchi and other air passages thus making it difficult to breathe.

Canine asthma usually hits the middle age and older dogs. And when the asthma ensues, his air passages would become irritated. After that, they would then become narrow and tighten. This what causes them the breathing issues and all the other symptoms around them.

Canine Asthma

Signs and Symptoms:

Canine Asthma: Does your Pekingese Have It?

  • Chest area discomfort
  • Troubled breathing
  • Panting
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing

What to Observe

  • Take a closer look at your pet’s gums and see if there are any color changes. During an active asthma attack, it would turn purple or blue.
  • Furthermore, it also includes behavioral issues and his alteration of eating habits. He may also become sudden sluggish or lethargic.
  • Appetite loss is also common. If you see that he doesn’t like his favorite treat, chew toy or food anymore. This would eventually lead to serious weight loss.

What Triggers Asthma?

  • Stress related factors
  • Artificial food coloring or preservatives
  • Air pollution
  • Dust mites and dust
  • Second-hand smoke
  • Fragrances and perfumes
  • Air borne allergens
  • Litter dust
  • Commercial pet foods
  • Multiple Vaccinations

Asthma Attack Intervention

There are 3 things that need to be achieved when trying to treat dog asthma. First is bronchodilation (widening of his bronchi to increase air flow into the system). Next is that the vet should address the inflammation that is the cause of the bronchoconstriction. Lastly, cough suppressants should be given. And once his condition is already controlled, the next goal is to manage and slow down if not stop its progression. Just like us humans, an asthmatic dog would require a long term care for the entire lifetime.

The vet would try some cocktail medications in order to control the condition. Just like any illness, the first line of defense is prevention. Expect your vet to prescribe you a combination of medicines in order to prevent any future attacks.

Canine asthma also have a natural way of treating it by means of herbal remedies. Homeopathic approach proved to be very effective in dogs. And depending on the intensity of your pet’s asthma, they can minimize or even eliminate the need of drugs. Also, natural remedies can also be used to compliment and support the conventional asthma treatment. Natural remedies are of a big help since it is also effective minus the adverse reactions and side effects.

There are lots of natural ways to deal with this condition, just do a little research. If you happen to know more about this issue, don’t be shy and leave us a message below so that all the readers are able to learn from this post.

 

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