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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janet    bethlehem, PA

4/15/2010 4:10:24 AM

good article thank you

Andrea    Kennewick, WA

12/28/2009 9:34:36 AM

Our cat Shadow has asthma. We started out with the cortizone shots, but the vet explained the risk of diabetes and suggested the steriod treatment. She is not a pill taker, but lucky for us there is a local pharmacy that can formulate it in liquid form with chicken flavor. The pharmacist said that it is one of the hardest prescriptions to formulate as it has a very bitter taste. It works pretty well when taken daily, but she still has bouts where she is coughing and weezing. I guess we will move on to the inhaled treatment next. Nothing is too much for our baby!!

Kelly    St. Paul, MN

6/3/2009 2:48:45 PM

Don't give up on Jinx. My kitty Peter has had asthma most of his life. It's a battle sometimes but I'd do anything for him. Find a good vet that will really help you with this situation. You don't want to lose your kitty. Hang in there!

Donna    Billerica, MA

5/25/2009 6:50:07 AM

My cat Jinx was diagnosed with asthma 2 years ago. Her disease has progressed to what you might call end stage. She is currently on a Flovent inhaler daily, prednisone orally, theophylline orally, and we recently added Accolate orally. I am at my wits end, because now I have to decide when to end her suffering. I love her dearly and want to keep her with me, but I don't want her to suffer. Any suggestions out there?

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