We're changing vets and will be taking BeBop in probably Monday for a chest x-ray to determine for sure whether he has asthma or not, and they'll also be able to tell if he's ever had or does have heart/lung worms. Reason we're changing vets is we called the original one, and just didn't like something about their attitude. So DH called a couple of others, and the last one he called has been in business for probably 20+ years. The lady he talked to was very willing to listen to everything, and even offered to have one of the vets call us back to discuss the situation. That sold us on changing vets so hopefully next week we'll know for sure.
That's reassuring to know that even with the inhaler there can be an attack. BeBop started his Prednisone 2xday for 3 days, and I don't think he had but maybe one attack, and was playing like he use to. When he went to once a day for 3 days, he started having more than one a day, and now he's on every other day for five days and he's still doing better than without any of it, but not as good as he was when he was on it twice a day. So we'll be taking him back to the vet as it's obvious it's helping, but he's going to need to be on something every day.
Do yours take the inhaler once a day, twice a day, or what? My son had asthma, although it's been 20 years since I had monitored how he used his inhaler, so was just wondering. And I too think there needs to be something for those moments when they have an attack because it just leaves them so spent and tired.
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My asthmatic cat does pretty well with her 'regular" inhaler. But sometimes she has an attack even if she's been "puffed". Is anyone using a rescue inhaler with their asthmatic kitty? My asthmatic husband has one so I think there should be one for cats, too. Many thanks.
Might be a bit early to celebrate, but we gave BeBop his first dose of Prednisone yesterday at 10:45AM, and he hasn't had ONE coughing/wheezing episode. He takes it 2xdaily for 3 days, then 1xdaily for 3 days, then 1 every other day for five days. The vet said it could just be a fungus infection. After that, we just have to wait and see if he starts up again. If so, then the vet will put him on an asthma inhaler, which I can definitely handle that.
The vet just called and is prescribing Prednisone for BeBop. I've read about the side-effects so I imagine this will be short term. If it does work, but then his symptoms come back, we'll most likely have to switch him to an inhaler. He had a REAL bad episode this morning lasting over a minute.
My poor kitty has asthma, and 1 of her lungs has collapsed. She has had a couple of x-rays as well as an ultra sound to diagnose her. They prescribed the inhaler for her but that stresses her out and after using it a couple of times she ends up hiding from me. So I have not found a solution to her asthma. Though I will try changing the litter and see how that goes.
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We had a cat that was diagnosed with asthma. The best way to diagnose asthma in a cat is a chest x-ray. The x-ray will show little "donuts" in the airways. It looks like little round o's on the x ray in the chest area. This is the thickened airways. Asthma usually allows the cats to get air in fairly easily but they will have difficulty on expiration. Our cat was on an inhaler once per day. We used an pediatric aerochamber (sorry I didn't watch the link you posted). You release one puff into the aerochamber and then place the mouthpiece over the cat's mouth for about 10 seconds and then they breathe normally. The only discomfort to them is having the chamber there. It doesn't do any damage to the back of their throat provided you use the aerochamber. Our cat did very well on it without any side effects.
The idea of changing the litter is good too. I use wood stove pellets. They come in a compacted pellet form and break down with urine. Once it breaks down into a saw dust/wood shaving type of material, you can usually get another day or so out of the litter. As soon as it looks even a little bit wet, immediately throw out (you can compost it), rinse the litter box and fill up again. You only need to put about 2 margarine tubs (1 lb variety) of pellets per litter box. You can buy these pellets in 40 lb bags for about $5-6 at Lowes or Home Depot.
Good luck and keep us posted.
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We got a young cat (at about 7 mos.) and she seemed to struggle with coughing and breathing, too. We eventually switched her litter from the typical clay to corn. She improved almost overnight. Now the only time she gets a little wheezy is after running around really hard but other than that, no problems. I don't know if that helps but it might be worth a try? For what it's worth, I also like corn & wheat litters because there's much less dust - even when the clay claimed 99.% dust free, it always seemed to leave a dust coating on everything. The corn (and wheat litter which we've also used) seems cleaner. We have 3 cats and two boxes and we clean them every day. Anyway, I do hope you can find BeBop some relief. It's so distressing to watch them struggle. Let us know how things progress.
Edited to add link to this article about cat litter and asthma: http://www.felineasthma.org/triggers/ind ex.htm
Edited by: KASIAS3 at: 10/21/2011 (12:01)
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We took BeBop to the vet Wednesday, and the doctor diagnosed him with allergies. He could feel his trachea closing as he breathed. He didn't have an attack at the vet, but I was able to get a short video on my cell phone. Anyway, he prescribed antihistamines and an antibiotic. It's not getting better and after finding some videos on YouTube we're almost certain it's asthma. Here is what he sounds like (this isn't him though).
We will be taking him back. I also did some research on treatments, and found that the steroid pills cause real serious side effects, like diabetes. The inhaler can also cause increased thirst and urination.
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