Just like a human, your cat can develop asthma, and (just like a human) it needs to be diagnosed and treated in order to maintain your pet’s quality of life. Cat asthma is a disorder that causes difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing, and a shortness of breath due to spasms in the large upper airways. It’s present in approximately 1 percent of all adult cats worldwide.
If your cat is having difficulty breathing, it’s very important to contact Germantown Vet right away to schedule an appointment so we can accurately diagnose and treat your pet. Simply give us a call at 240-252-7467240-252-7467.
Cat Asthma Symptoms & Causes
There are a number of symptoms you should be on the lookout for if you believe your cat has asthma, including:
- Shortness of breath
- Open-mouth breathing
- Squatting with shoulders hunched, neck extended, and rapid breathing
- Blue lips and gums
- Gagging up foamy breathing
These symptoms can present themselves ranging anywhere from mild to severe, so it’s important to keep an eye on your cat. But now that you know what to look for, what’s the cause of your cat’s respiratory distress? A couple of different causes for your cat’s asthma could be:
- Allergens – dust, pollen, mold, perfume, etc.
- Pre-existing heart conditions or illnesses
- Obesity – learn more about pet weight management »
No matter the cause, treating cat asthma is very important! Frequent asthma attacks and difficulty breathing can make life for your cat very unpleasant, so it’s important to have him or her diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Set up an appointment with us at Germantown Vet right away.
Treating Cat Asthma
Although cat asthma is an incurable disorder, ongoing treatments allow many cats to lead normal, domestic lives. During your appointment at Germantown Vet, one of our highly trained and skilled vets can go over all the treatment options that are best suited for your cat to help improve his quality of life and wellbeing.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
When symptoms of cat asthma present themselves in your pet, don’t delay! Contact us to schedule an appointment for a diagnosis and treatment plan in the Germantown, MD area.
About Germantown Vet
At Germantown Vet, we’re pet owners too. Family-owned and operated, we treat our patients and their owners as we would treat our own pets and family members. Our veterinarians take the time to listen, educate, and create a customized a plan for your pet’s health. It is important to us to treat each pet and its owner as individuals with their own needs and concerns.
Since opening our doors in 1983, we’ve been proud to become the go-to veterinary clinic for pet owners throughout Montgomery County, MD. Our veterinarians are available to care for hospitalized patients after hours, and we have a live-in veterinary nurse to check on our patients during the night. That means you can trust your furry family member’s care with us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Schedule your visit with us today by giving us a call at 240-252-7467 or contact us online!