Does Your Pet Have Asthma?

Just like humans, dogs and cats can have asthma, too. Asthma is an allergic reaction to something in the environment, which causes inflammation in the airway. Asthma typically affects middle aged dogs and smaller breeds the most, but cats are even more susceptible than dogs. Affected dogs may be diagnosed with allergic bronchitis, while the diagnosis for cats may be allergic hypersensitivity, feline allergic bronchitis, feline bronchopulmonary disease (FBD), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthmatic bronchitis, feline lower airway disease, extrinsic asthma, eosinophilic bronchitis, or immune-mediated airway disease. Here is a list of the most common signs of asthma to help you identify whether or not your dog or cat may be at risk.


Symptoms of Asthma in Dogs and Cats

  1. Panting heavier than normal
  2. Fatigue
  3. Weight loss
  4. Loss of appetite
  5. Dry, hacking cough or wheezing
  6. Difficulty breathing
  7. “Blue” gums or pale mucous membranes
  8. Loss of interest in exercise
  9. Eating Grass

Given the nature of asthma, certain environmental factors may trigger your pet’s symptoms. These are some of the most common allergens that may increase your furry friend’s risk of asthma.

Common Allergens that Increase Risk of Asthma

  1. Tobacco
  2. Fireplaces
  3. Carpet cleaner
  4. Air freshener
  5. Pollen
  6. Perfume
  7. Fertilizer
  8. Pesticides

If your dog or cat begins to show symptoms of asthma, you should take them to see a veterinarian as soon as possible. A trained professional can examine your pet and run tests, such as chest x-rays or a bronchoscopy, to diagnose your pet’s condition. Though not usually life threatening, asthma is still serious and may need to be treated with medication. At 4Paws Insurance, we want to help you make the best decisions for your dog or cat. By offsetting many costs related to illnesses such as asthma, a 4Paws Insurance Plan can help you make sure your 4-legged friend receives the care it deserves.

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