Symptoms and treatment of bronchial asthma in dogs

Asthma is a very serious disease in dogs that affects the bronchi. Most often it becomes a consequence of chronic bronchitis.

It can also be congenital or acquired as a result of allergic reactions. Asthma can suffer a dog at any age, although it most often manifests itself in middle age in young pets. If we talk about the breed predisposition, then most often asthma poodles are sick.

Most asthma attacks are triggered by natural allergens. The influence of low-quality vaccine or extracts and dyes, which are contained in commercial foods for dogs, is not excluded. All this causes damage to the immune system of animals and causes allergic reactions.

Causes of Asthma in Dogs

The reasons may be many and they are divided into several groups. The first group includes non-infectious allergens from food, air (pollen), drugs, insects. Infectious allergens also provoke the disease:

  • microorganisms
  • viruses,
  • mycoplasmas
  • bacteria,
  • mushrooms,
  • parasites.

An asthma attack can cause inorganic dust, alkali vapors or acids. As well as fluctuations in atmospheric pressure, changes in humidity and air temperature. Also, an attack can begin as a result of nervous stress situations or intense physical exertion.


In simple cases, the dog has a dry cough, sometimes with a whistle. Such a precursor of an attack can come in a few hours, or even days. In addition to coughing

from the dog's nose begin:

  • copious watery discharge
  • sneezing
  • dog rubs itchy eyes.

In difficult cases, in the midst of suffocation, the animal breathes with great difficulty with convulsive movement in the abdominal cavity. The dog takes a short jerky breath and slowly exhale. Rattling in her chest can be heard from a distance. In this case, the gums are stained blue, which indicates a catastrophic lack of oxygen. In such a situation, urgent veterinary assistance is required.

Treatment of asthma in dogs

In many ways, the success of treating this disease depends on the origin of asthma. If the causes can be calculated and removed, the seizures cease. However, this process is not simple and it is not always possible to identify all the triggers of asthma and, moreover, to prevent their impact. The first treatment of asthma is the use of adrenomimetic drugs:

  • ephedrine
  • solutana
  • teofedrin.

For the treatment of asthma in dogs also use drugs such as bronchodilators, antihistamines (diphenhydramine, diprazin, intal, zadiden, tavegil, suprastin) and corticosteroids (cortisone acetate, hydrocortisone, bekotid, beclomet, dexameta zones). As a prophylactic or complementary therapy against asthma in dogs, also used

  1. homeopathy,
  2. naturopathy,
  3. acupuncture.

Combinations of herbs and homeopathic ingredients can be used to improve the respiratory system.



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