New Treatments for Feline Asthma

Recent advances in understanding the disease have helped more cats breathe with greater ease.

By Arnold Plotnick, DVM | Posted: Thu Apr 1 00:00:00 PST 2004

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Bronchodilators are also available as MDIs. Albuterol is the one most commonly used in asthmatic cats. It acts more rapidly than oral or injectable forms. It can be used daily, or as needed for asthmatic cats that are already on daily steroids, yet still have occasional episodes of coughing, wheezing or increased respiratory effort at rest.

Muffy's Reaction
Muffy hated being pilled, and side effects precluded the use of oral steroids. Beerstein agreed to have Muffy try the inhaler and spacer. After demonstration of the proper technique, Beerstein quickly mastered the application of the inhaler and spacer to Muffy's muzzle. "She really resented the pills, but didn't mind the facemask," he said. "I think she realized that it was making her feel better."

Feline asthma is not a curable disease, but recent advances in our understanding of the disorder have allowed veterinarians to devise more effective treatment plans, and cats are breathing with greater ease as a result.

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Margaret    Vint Hill Farms, VA

8/5/2011 11:32:34 AM

The article was good I had a 13 yr old maine coon who had asthma and diabetes who passed away this past Feb 2011 all the things said in the article are what I had been doing for 13 yrs he came home as a kitten and developed asthma and they did not know what to do with in. Asthma was justing beginning in cats and i work in a hospital and had seen how astma presents itself and I told my Vet that I thought he had it so we started treating him we both where learning about it. He got lots of steroids too and then developed diabeties and was getting insulin twice a day. He was an awesome cat and lived 13 yrs he had resp distress and stopped breathing a few years back and we did CPR on him and he came back and was putted in the hospital in a oxygen tent and started on terbutaline and after that he did well on that medicine, he a inhaler with the mask and he tooks medincine like a champ.

janet    bethlehem, PA

7/29/2011 3:32:24 AM

important information, thank you

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

3/25/2010 4:09:34 PM

good article thanks

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