Asthma in Dogs - Signs, Symptoms & Treatment

Asthma in dogs is an allergic condition, typically triggered by inhaling allergens or irritants. Here our Memphis vets share some of the most common signs and symptoms of asthma in dogs, and how this condition can be treated. 

How do I know if my dog has asthma?

The most common signs and symptoms of asthma in dogs include, heavy panting, wheezing, rapid breathing, persistent coughing, difficulty breathing (often sudden), loss of energy, bluish gums (caused by lack of oxygen) and loss of appetite.

If your dog is displaying any of these symptoms contact your vet immediately. While asthma may be the root of the issue, there are a number of other serious conditions that can cause similar symptoms.

How do vets diagnose asthma in dogs?

Diagnosing asthma in dogs is largely a process of eliminating the possibility of other diseases being the cause of your dog's symptoms. Heart disease, bacterial infections, and heartworm disease can cause similar symptoms as asthma in dogs. After conducting a thorough physical examination to determine your dog's overall health, your vet may recommend x-rays or heartworm testing to provide further insights to your pet's condition. 

What is the treatment for asthma in dogs?

Treatment of asthma in dogs will depend largely upon the severity and frequency of the attacks. Medications such as anti-inflammatory steroids may be prescribed for your dog to help to control the symptoms and prevent long-term damage to the lungs. Permanent damage can result from asthma in dogs. Always take your dog's symptoms seriously and contact your vet if your dog shows signs of having an asthma attack.

Can dogs have asthma inhalers?

Your vet may prescribe inhalers to help control your dog's asthma symptoms. Albuterol sulfate, (Common brands include Proventil and Ventolin) may be prescribed to help relax airway muscles and improve breathing. Never administer medications formulated for humans to your pet without consulting your veterinarian first. Many medications that are safe for people, are toxic to dogs.

How can I help my dog breathe better?

A few of the most common triggers of asthma attacks in dogs are cigarette smoke, cleaning products, mould, and pollen. Determining the cause of your dog's asthma attacks can help you to keep your pet away from the allergen, and may help to prevent asthma attacks from happening.

If you think that your dog may be having an asthma attack, call our Memphis vets. Keeping Memphis pets healthy is our passion. 

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