Last Modified on Jul 14, 2014
Asthma can strike dogs just as it can effect the breathing capacity of dog owners. We love to see our dogs running around happily, so asthma can be a frustrating condition for dog owners to deal with. Yet if you hear your dog wheezing, whistling, or if it seems to be short of breath after normal exertion your pet may have asthma. Lethargy, sneezing, and blue lips or gums can be a sign of asthma as well.
Asthmatic dogs may have asthma attacks due to an allergic reaction to allergens in the air. These cause a form of bronchitis, an inflammation of the bronchial passages that restricts breathing.
Home Remedies: The first step is to identify and remove irritants that your dog might be allergic to from the local environment. This might include cigarette smoke, dust, household chemicals, or fungal spores. Some dog owners have also had success with aromatherapy using something like peppermint oil to soothe irritated airways in their asthmatic dogs.
[WARNING!] 09/23/2010: Tj from Springfield, Illinois: "My six year old cat died yesterday four days after a Prednisone shot for mild asthma. All my cat did was wheeze a few times every week or so, nothing severe. She became lethargic 12 hours after this shot and never bounced back..."Replies
[YEA] 02/06/2011: Misty from Duncan, Canada replies: "My little cat has asthma. doc prescribed prednisolone, cat went nuts for two days. I took her off them. i now give her serapeptase, it is an antiflamatory. Works wonders. i give four drops of healthfood store hydrogen peroxide that is 3% strength in her water and I give her a teaspoon of coconut oil warm up. she is doing awsome on this."
07/09/2011: Sazie from Birmingham, Alabama, Usa replies: "How much serapeptase to you give your cat?? Also, do you only give the coconut oil and hydrogen peroxide ONCE a day? My 11 year old cat is coughing a couple of times a day - it's a real mucousy cough. He seems fine otherwise. I don't know if it's asthma or bronchitis either or if treatment would be similar. Thanks anyone for any help you can give!"
07/14/2011: Misty from Duncan, Bc, Canada replies: "hi, I give my cat one pill of serrapeptase in the evening into some wet can food.
the water is a bowl that sits for her all day long and she drinks it when ever she wants water, so the hydrogen peroxide is there in the water, I put in 3 drops into two cups of water. I drink the stuff myself, amasing energy. And the coconut oil is only givin once out of an eyedropper, she licks it as I sqeeze into her mouth. About a teaspoon or half. I hope that helped. Cheers"
07/19/2011: Sazie from Birmingham, Alabama, Usa replies: "Thanks a lot Misty!"
07/24/2012: Atlcdn from Whiteland, Indiana Usa replies: "Misty... Was your cat on depo medrol shots? My cat was just diagnosed with asthma and was given a depo medrol shot today. The vet said he would need one every month. He won't take pills, etc. I am not going to let him keep taking these injections since my daughter's cat got diabetes from taking them 3 times a year, and died from diabetes complications caused by the depo medrol. Did your cat get an xray since you started your treatment for him? Just wondering if lungs were looking better."
10/15/2012: Sazie from Birmingham, Alabama, Usa replies: "The serapeptase never worked for my cat with asthma. None of the holistic remedies I tried worked either. I recently bought an Aerokat. If you've never heard of it, it is a tube like device to give inhalers to cats. One end has a hole to fit the inhaler in and the other is a soft rubber piece you fit over the cat's mouth. After putting over mouth, spray, and he breathes it in. You can count the breaths with the little counter on the Aerokat. I'm giving him Flovent with this, and it has worked wonders. Flovent does contain some type of cortisone; but taking it this way, straight into their lungs, is safer as it doesn't affect the body. Flovent is expensive though."
07/14/2014: Andre from Meyerton, South Africa: "I have a 3 month old pekinese puppy who battles to breathe sometimes. She opens her mouth like a fish to breathe andd sneezes a lot. Please help."Replies
07/14/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Andre!
Chances are **very likely** your puppy does not have asthma, rather being a brachycephalic breed, has the early symptoms of brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome.
This condition if left untreated will shorten the life of your dog. The number one thing you can do to improve the quality of life for your dog is to trim her stenotic nares - nostril flaps - so they do not restrict her inhalation, and to shorten an elongated soft palate [if she has one - you will often see vomiting after drinking or eating or activity if one is present].
The good news if that if these two procedures are done young, you can do them while she is under for a spay, then the overall affects of BAOS can be greatly negated thus extending life span and improving over all quality of life.
Schedule an appointment with your vet to discuss your options. At the very least the nose flap resection should be done and that alone can greatly restore her breathing so she doesn't have to mouth breathe."
02/01/2010: Donna from Lawrenceburg, Ky, Usa: "athsma in dogs
what kind of treatment for a dog that may have asthma? not sure if he has it or not...symptoms are like a backward sneeze. he almost sounds like he's wheezing. been doing it for about 3 months..since it's gotten colder. he did it for awhile shen i first got him..but it's happening more and more. any suggestions?"Replies
03/09/2010: Linda from Wilmington, De replies: "We have a 4 1/2 year old lab who had an acute asthma attack in September, and a mild one this week. Don't know of any remedies, but did the steroid treatment and I used our nebulizer on her - my son and I have asthma too."
03/23/2010: Rj from Atlanta, Georgia replies: "I have a 8 yr old cat with Asthma. I give him drops of a homeopathy medicine for pets that I get at the health food stores. It is designed for 'cough & asthma'."
11/10/2010: Sashalani from Los Angeles, California, Usa replies: "Believe it or not Vitamin C in high doses for humans 15,000 - 20,000mg per day will reduce and/or eliminate asthma completely. It may do the same for your dog. Please let me know how it goes. P. S. You can NOT overdose on Vitamin C, the body will take what it needs and eliminate the rest through the bowels."
04/09/2012: Annika from Mission Viejo, Ca replies: "After many tests at the vets, antibiotics for suspected kenel cough, xrays, Panacur, Heartworm test etc. my poodle / cocker spaniel mix was "diagnosed" with doggie Asthma.
His symptoms: hacking cough attacks.
The vets gave me a bronchodillator med and steroids . (Both seemed to be making him worse). The vets did not know anything about natural remedies, or even non natural.
I took the pups health into my own care and started researching like crazy. My findings led me to eventually get him on a dosage of:
2 doses astralugus/ per day (2 capsules 2x/day)
2 doses of muellin/ per day ("" "")
cooking yams, chicken, ground turkey, pinch of sea salt.
MSM powder put in gelatin capsules (approx 500mg / capsule). So 2000 mg per day. Administer morning and evening. (EXTREMELY HELPFUL, noticed improvement almost immediately)
Lastly, this elixir has Astralagus in it, and well strengthen your dogs immune system and heal you pet, not just mask symptoms like steriods and bronchodillators. You dont need to do the capsules if you buy this. But if you need stuff ASAP you can get the capsules at any Sprouts , Whole Foods, or health food store
NO SMOKING AROUND YOUR PET, CLEAN UP THE ENVIRONMENT, NO CHEMICALS, CARPET POWDERS ETC.
FOODS THAT MAY BE CULPRITS:
MOST MANUFACTURED DOG FOOD / ("Taste of the wild" is one that is pretty good though). consider that it may be a food allergy. Most common eggs, dairy, corn, soy, chicken strips (no china), etc.
My dog is eating chicken, yam, turkey diet presently.
Best of LUCK. HOpe this Helps. :)"
10/15/2012: Rajeev from Palakkad, Kearala, India replies: "2 Known remedies for Asthma in india include honey and Turmeric. Turmeric in water could cure a range of disease and asthma too. 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric would do. Honey may be allergic to few dogs but if your dog is not allergic to honey, have him lick it off your finger, preferably in the mornings.
Note this is not a wonder drug. It takes 15 to 20 days to show significant results. Continue remedy till you find no signs. No side effects even if you want to continue later on."
10/16/2012: Sazie from Birmingham, Alabama, Usa replies: "Rajeev, I've heard that tumeric is good for humans also (but it tastes awful). Do have any idea if it would be safe for cats? Thanks!"
07/27/2013: Gina from Texas replies: "Re turmeric for pets- I used to give my cat and dog leftover rice, they would never eat the yellow (turmeric) rice! Nor chicken made with turmeric. Turn their noses right up!"