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Asthma Remedies for Pets

Last Modified on Aug 05, 2015

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.

Other helpful suggestions from our readers that you will read below include remedies like serrapeptase, hydrogen peroxide, vitamin C, and dietary changes.

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Diet and Vitamin C   1  0   

Posted by Anon (New Mexico, US)

[YEA]  I have a 1-1/2 year old 50 lb dog that developed a bad cough over a two month period this summer, and began having trouble breathing on a regular basis. She was given a 2-week course of antibiotics which did nothing. Over time it seemed it became more like respiratory attacks rather than a chronic cold/cough. It seemed like asthma. Exercise seemed to trigger it and make it worse. The vet ran a bunch of tests about a month ago, and $600 later we had ruled out many things, like lungworm and pneumonia. They wanted to do a bronchoscopy next, but before I went that route (because it's expensive, requires anesthesia, and not necessarily definitive wrt diagnosis), I decided to see if there were dietary changes that might help, and decided to give this experiment one week to test.

I researched for a full day online regarding alternative/natural cures for asthma, in people and dogs, and as a result, decided on this protocol: mega doses of buffered, powder Vitamin C (right now, we're at 2000 mg per day, given in 4 separate doses for max absorption), 2 tsp raw, chopped garlic/day (1 tsp per 30# body weight is very safe in dogs), and salmon oil supplement plus canned wild salmon added to her food. She went from very ill to 95% better in about 3 days. She's been running like her crazy self the last 3 days, fully off leash and at full speed, and has only coughed twice and wheezed once. So, I'm sticking with this for now, and it marvels me how such simple nutritional changes can make such a difference in a creature's health.

Prednisone   0  0   

Posted by Tj (Springfield, Illinois) on 09/23/2010

[WARNING!]  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...

Replied by Agnes

My 2 wk old pup is taking prednisone for only a day now... how long will it took effect on my pup? He has still difficulty in breathing.. I don't want to lose him help me please

Serrapeptase and H202   1  0   

Posted by Misty (Duncan, Canada) on 02/06/2011

[YEA]  My little cat has asthma. Doc prescribed prednisolone, cat went nuts for two days. I took her off them. I now give her serrapeptase, it is an antiflamatory. Works wonders. I also give four drops of healthfood store hydrogen peroxide that is 3% strength in her water and I give her a teaspoon of coconut oil, warmed up. She is doing awsome on this.

Replied by Sazie
Birmingham, Alabama, Usa

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!
Replied by Misty
Duncan, Bc, Canada

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 and have amazing energy. And the coconut oil is only given once out of an eyedropper, she licks it as I squeeze into her mouth. About a teaspoon or half.

I hope that helped. Cheers

Replied by Sazie
Birmingham, Alabama, Usa

Thanks a lot Misty!
Replied by Atlcdn
Whiteland, Indiana Usa

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.
Replied by Sazie
Birmingham, Alabama, Usa

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.