Like humans, pets can also suffer from asthma. Pet asthma can develop in cats and dogs of any age, but it most commonly appears in younger animals. Symptoms of pet asthma include coughing, wheezing, and signs of respiratory distress such as breathing through an open mouth and purple tongue or gums. Respiratory distress is rare but can be fatal if left untreated. The most common sign of pet asthma is coughing that can be brought on a variety of triggers such as smoke, dust, or any number of airborne impurities.
If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, a trip to the vet is in order. To diagnose pet asthma the vet will perform a multitude of tests including chest X-rays and blood work. These tests are performed not only to confirm the diagnosis of allergic bronchitis, also known as pet asthma, but also to rule out the possibility of other respiratory problems.
The prognosis for pet asthma is very good. In fact, most pets live long, happy lives once they are on the appropriate medication. Pets are often prescribed antihistamines, steroids, bronchodilators, and sometimes antibiotics. When purchased directly from the vet, these medicines can often be extremely expensive. Thankfully, online pet pharmacies offer them at much lower prices, and the convenience of having them delivered to your front door is appealing to many pet owners. Since they are growing in popularity, once you have a prescription from your vet, you will be able to order your pet’s medications from a wide variety of online pharmacies. Most often you can simply fax the prescription to the pharmacy. If you do not have the prescription on paper, you can arrange for your vet’s office to call or fax in the prescription.
Once diagnosed, pet asthma can effectively be treated and controlled through medication. The influx of online pet pharmacies popping up makes getting these medications much more convenient and cost-effective. Your vet will also be able to suggest other methods for controlling pet asthma.
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