Last Modified on Jan 12, 2013
Upper respiratory infections and general breathing issues are not at all uncommon among cats, dogs, and other pets. Still, it can be difficult for pet owners to see their pets suffering so with any difficulty breathing. And with natural remedies at hand to help resolve breathing issues, you don't have to sit idly by while your pet suffers!
Your first step would be to determine what is causing the breathing obstruction in your pet. If this is an object your dog or cat has attempted to swallow, then safely removing that object is likely to resolve the breathing issue. Cold or other respiratory infection symptoms can also be resolved if properly identified. First identify if your pet's breathing difficulty is primarily in the nose, the mouth, or perhaps in the lungs or throat.
Natural Cures: Borage oil for cats and echinacea for dogs may help to open up clogged air passageways and reduce breathing issues in your pets.
[YEA] 01/12/2013: Lizardhaven from Desert Hot Springs, California: "My 12 year old dog Norton began wheezing and was diagnosed by the vet as having the worst case of emphysema he had ever seen. I was told that it would never improve and would get progressively worsr, and that Norton could drop dead at any minute. But Norton did not have any of the usual symptoms found. In emphysema. The vet was surprised that he was still eating, had not lost weight and normally active. He reviewed the Ayurvedic remedy I was using and said it was suprisingly effective and to keep using it.
This is an called DIVYA Swasari Ras. it is difficult to find and often expensive, but several sellers offer it greatly discounted on EBAY.
i was also feeding Norton extra raw meat, including raw chicken livers which he loved. when I tried to find out how much might create a danger of vitiman A toxicity, I found a study of emphysema in rate where vitamin A has reversed cell damage in the lungs. Norton now has no symptoms except some crinkling sound in his lungs that is much reduced from what it was when he was wheezing.
i do not have exact dosages for the herbal remedy, but the remedy is know for not having side effects. Norton has gained weight and eats like a pig, which is not usual for this condition, so I though others might want to try it."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 01/17/2011: Eric from Lethbridge, Ab, Canada: "My wife and I got a cat from the shelter who was only about six to eight weeks old. We found out the hard way that it is not uncommon for shelter kittens to have U.R.I. (upper respretory infection). His eyes watered, he lost hair in a few places on his body due to running nose while he slept and he was constantly sneezing, sometimes for minutes at a time. We have had him on two different strings of antibiotics which do nothing but prevent secondary infection and after a month solid of him being sick and us having kitty snot everywhere around the house, It was gross, I finally had enough and after finding out that URI Is a herpes virus for cats I began giving Jax a mL or so a day of coloidic silver thinking it will either be a kill or cure.
I am pleased to report that after only one week the sneezing has all but stopped, he has way more energy, the hair on his body has begun to grow back and the hint of ringworm he displayed no longer seems to be a problem. We did have Jax to the vet on two seperate occasions which cost just over two hundred dollars and while they did try to help him the results where expensive but useless. We were esentially told to wait it out and see if he gets better but there was nothing to be done. Nothing but a small portion of a twenty dollar bottle of silver it would seem."
09/29/2008: Mary from Regina, Canada: "Dog's partial airway obstruction -- Please Help:
Last night I gave my little miniature pincher part of a chicken back. He has been eating the bones and raw diet his whole life. He ate it quickly as usual and is having trouble breathing. I have seen this before and it always clears up within minutes. He strains to get a breath. He seemed like it he was still struggling before bed. Same thing this morning. I am very worried. I don't want to bring him to the vet unless I absolutely have to. Also, he ate this morning. Please help. Mary"
EC: The safest (and sorry, most costly) thing to do would be to have a vet check him out asap.
02/16/2011: Tina from Brooklet, Usa: "My beautiful 8 yr old Persian has a breathing problem. I have searched the other tips and have yet to fnd one like mine. Unless she is purring, she breathes funny. She snores, and snorts. It seems to be mostly coming from her nasal passages, and not her lungs. She doesn't cough, throw up, or gag. She eats well. I have only had her a year. And she has only started with the breathing 'snoring' the last few months. Any natural cure I can try?? I read about he ACV but I read to give it to her orally and at the scruff of her neck.
Any help would be sooooo very appreciated. Thanks."
02/15/2011: Tobyg from Tustin, Usa: "I have an 11 week old shih tzu puppy that has started sounding congested and has clear mucus coming out of his nose when he sneezes. He also was wheezing as he slept, not all night but ocassionally. He seems congested and restless. I am trying to find something natural to use and more economical. I just paid for vet care and meds 3 weeks ago to treat giardia that he had when we got him. He is still very playful and drinks plenty of water, but he is not eating normal he usually finishes in a minute. Can you please recommend something to help with his congestion and wheezing? He is just a few oz over 4 lbs."
11/24/2010: Twilab from Alexandria, Virginia, Usa: "I don't know about other states but Arizona has a respitory disease called Valley Fever, and dogs get it too. Is anyone familiar with Valley Fever in dogs? Symptoms, tests, treatment? Thank you in advance!"