Is your cat coughing or wheezing?
While coughing in cats can often be mistaken for hairballs, it may be a sign that your pet has acute asthma.
Asthma is often seasonal, based on the allergies that your cat may have. But your holiday decorations may play a part too. Christmas trees and wreaths are common sources, as well as burning wood in the fireplace or other aromatics, such as incense.
Although feline asthma can affect cats of any age, it most commonly appears in young to middle-aged cats. Because signs can often be mild and intermittent, your cat may appear normal between episodes, but don't wait to see a vet.
In general, acute asthma requires emergency treatment. Often, this involves oxygen support and treatment with steroidal anti-inflammatories, fluid therapy, bronchodilators and environmental modification. Recovery can be slow in many cats, requiring multiple days in the hospital. Many mild cases can be treated on an outpatient basis.
Most cats respond well to therapy, and long-term therapy is not usually needed. Cats with acute asthma commonly experience relapses, and if the disease is not controlled, it can lead to chronic asthma and irreversible damage to the airways and lungs.
If you've noticed your cat wheezing and coughing and think asthma may be to blame, give us a call at Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin.
Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin
8250 SW Tonka St
Tualatin, OR 97052