Learn About Asthma in Pets with Our Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital in Las Vegas, NV
Asthma is a condition in which your pet has recurrent attacks of shortness of breath, wheezing and difficulties breathing. When an asthma attack occurs, the airways leading to the lungs become constricted and a buildup of mucus collects in their airways. In response to this, the airway muscles begin to spasm and cause constriction, which makes it difficult for your pet to breathe. Just like humans, asthma in pets is generally due to an allergic reaction in the environment. Although cats are much more susceptible to asthma, both cats and dogs are vulnerable.
How Do Animals Get Asthma?
Airway constriction in pets in Las Vegas can occur for no obvious reason, but it is generally triggered by something in the environment that your pet has eaten or inhaled. Some of the most common allergy/asthma triggers for pets include:
- Air pollution
- Pollen, grasses and/or ragweed
- Home remodeling products
- Aerosol sprays
- Pesticides and fertilizers
- Dust Mites
- Cigarette and/or fireplace smoke
- Exposure to animal dander at the vet or a boarding facility
How is Asthma in Pets Diagnosed?
The symptoms of pet asthma are often seen in other conditions as well, so it is important to visit your vet in Las Vegas for an accurate diagnosis. In many situations, it is apparent simply by observing your pet that they are having trouble breathing. With asthma, their breaths are rapid and shallow, their abdomen is working hard to push the air back out and they may also have open-mouth breathing. Diagnosing a pet with asthma may include chest x-rays and/or a bronchoscopy. Other tests are also often used in order to rule out asthma, such as testing for heartworm or other parasites. Your Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital vet will also ask you a series of questions, such as:
Are you noticing wheezing and/or choking?
How long your pet has been coughing?
Is it a wet or dry cough and are they coughing up mucus?
How Can Our Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital Vets In Las Vegas Help?
If your pet is experiencing an asthma-related crisis, it is critical that you take them to an emergency animal clinic immediately. In an asthma crisis, your vet will generally give them a small dose of epinephrine in order to quickly resolve asthma and will also receive oxygen at the same time. In some situations, your pet may require inhalant treatments with a nebulizer to prevent and/or halt asthma attacks. The nebulizer treatments may include medications. Your pet may also be prescribed a steroid inhaler to help manage the symptoms of asthma. The primary goal is to identify and eliminate the triggers that are causing asthma.
If you suspect your pet may have asthma, contact Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital at (702) 259-9200 to schedule an examination or visit us at 1550 S Rainbow Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146.