If you notice your dog is having difficulty breathing, it could be that they are suffering from asthma. While not as common in dogs as it is in people or cats, when asthma strikes your pooch, it's no less frightening. To help your dog regain their breath, there are a few dog asthma treatment avenues you can go down.
Before you head off down the medication highway, first make sure your home is free of possible triggers for your dog's asthma. Such triggers include:
- Aerosol spray
- Other airborne particles/irritants
If, after you cleanse your house of all asthma attack inducers, your dog still needs help, take them over to the vet, who will likely prescribe one (or more) of the following types of medications.
Since histamine, a large part of what triggers an allergic response, can also be a key factor in the inflammation of the airways, a medication designed to block the effects of histamine could have a substantial impact on your dog's asthma. Some popular antihistamines that may be given to your asthmatic pup are:
Cyproheptadine Diphenhydramine HcL
The medication most directly related to the problem at hand, a bronchodilator works by dilating the bronchi in the lungs, reducing resistance in the airways and making it easier to breathe. Some bronchodilators commonly used to help asthmatic dogs are:
Aminophylline Injection Terbutaline Theophylline
These drugs, as their name might give away, reduce inflammation, which is a common cause of pain, and can also be a cause of asthma. Helping in a way similar to the bronchodilator, the anti-inflammatory reduces swelling in the lungs, as well as helps strengthen the lungs’ resolve against possible triggers. Anti-inflammatory drugs frequently used to manage asthma symptoms are:
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This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian with respect to your pet. It has, however, been verified by a licensed veterinarian for accuracy.