The typical dog asthma treatment involves a little detective work and a several medication options.
This is a review of what your vet may have you do. But there is one more thing that you can do for your pets health. We have found a natural treatment that numerous pet owners have successfully used. It is a natural dog allergic bronchitis treatment. In our follow up of the hundreds of users of the Pet Water Cures, looking at all reasons for using it, only one German Shepherd with arthritis did not respond to this treatment.
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First, what is the goal of the animal health care professional when using medical treatments.
There are a several dog asthma treatment options available. These treatments are designed to minimize and manage the symptoms.
The primary goal of the dog asthma treatment is to find out what the allergen is and eliminate it from your dogs domain. Dog asthma is usually the result of inhalation, it should be easy to find.
If it is not possible to find what the offending cause and remove it, then medications are the next choice. The current medications are designed to treat the symptoms. Your vet will try to reduce how much and how bad your dog coughs.
If the cough has become chronic and was not attended to, the chances of eliminating the cough are considered not possible. The goal becomes to make your dog comfortable.
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The easiest way to create an effective dog allergy treatment is to eliminate the cause.
Not a comprehensive list.
When it is not possible to eliminate the cause, sometimes helping your dog to have optimal health can prevent the cough. One of the most important ways to promote optimal health is through proper hydration.
Like humans, dogs need electrolytes to get the water into the cells. The best electrolyte is unprocessed sea salt.
You may need to keep an allergy diary. This is a record of when your pooch has an asthma attack. You will also record how bad it is and how long it lasts. Most importantly, you will have to try to identify the potential allergen. Was your dog outside or inside when you had the attack. Where and what was going on or what had happened prior to the attack?
The goal, identify the allergen so it can be removed from your dogs environment.
You will have to be a bit of a detective too. Did you make any changes recently. Maybe a new cat litter, perhaps a visiting smoker or even, do you need to clean your chimney.
It is possible that your dogs illness may be the canary in the mine shaft. If your furnace needs to be cleaned or your chimney is broken, gases may be leaking into your house.
Your dog may be the canary in the mine shaft
that saves both of your lives.
Your dogs illness may just save your life. If your dog only gets the cough in the winter time, think carbon monoxide (CO). If you have a gas hot water heater and the cough comes when there is heavy use of hot water consider getting a CO monitor.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate several thousand people get hospital emergency room care for carbon monoxide poisoning every year.
Other potential allergens include carpet cleaning products, perfumes, air fresheners, disinfectant sprays, spray deodorants, hair sprays, room fresheners, deodorizers. pesticides, fertilizers, home remodeling or cleaning products, painting, new landscaping materials and pesticides. Even dog flea and tick powder should be considered.
Although a diary will not work for all nor all the time, it is necessary to try to rule out all the possibilities.
To prevent long term damage to the airways, the treatment of choice is usually to try to eliminate the inflammation. The vet will use the dog asthma treatment that he was taught. This is with glucocorticoids, a form of steroids. Also bronchodilators will be used to open the airway passages.
Your dogs body does not do things for no good reason. The reason why the bronchioles are closing down is to protect the lungs because of drought inside their body (lack of cellular hydration). In the case of allergic bronchitis in dogs, the allergen has caused the hydration problem.
The solution to the problem is two fold. Either eliminate the allergen and or help the dogs body to remove the cause from the cells. Also, to avoid future dog asthma attacks, help the dog to develop either an immunity or the ability to withstand the exposure.
The effects of chronic dehydration are discussed
on the Asthma In Dogs page.
Giving steroids does not address the cause of the inflammation. The side effects of steroid use can be equally debilitating if used long term. These can include bone weakness and arthritis. Not to worry, there are or soon will be more drugs for these too.
One word of caution. Doing nothing is not an option. Simply avoiding a treatment because of the bad side effects of some medications and doing nothing will only harm your pet even worse. Failure to address the allergic bronchitis or dog asthma may cause serious long term health consequences for your dog.
The bottom line, what if there was a better way? Another option is discussed in a link below.
Another option available to pet owners is metered-dose inhalers. These fit over your dogs muzzle and deliver anti-inflammatory medications and and bronchodilators.
Because dog allergic bronchitis makes your dog more susceptible to opportunistic infections, antibiotics may also be used and administered this way.
You are no doubt here to learn about holistic care or natural care for your pet. Do not think that all human forms of natural care will work for dogs. While garlic can help humans fight infections, for a dog it is poison. Do not give your dog garlic to fight an infection. Your dog asthma treatment choice should be based on informed choice.
Cough suppressants may be recommended if the cough is distressing to your dog.
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Note The cough syrup is only given for kennel cough when it is a dry unproductive cough. It should not be used for productive coughs. Do not use cough syrups that have acetaminophen or caffeine. In most cases, the water cures pet protocol should work to eliminate the kennel cough.
This dog asthma treatment information is not intended to diagnose or treat disease in your pets. This is only for educational and informational purposes to help you become an informed consumer. Natural cures do not work for everyone nor do they work all the time. You should use this information in conjunction with an animal health care professional.
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