Asthma in dogs, like human asthma, causes difficulty breathing and wheezing.
The shortness of breath is because of constriction of the upper airways. The upper airway or trachea and bronchi, like the human counterparts, improve with the water cures protocol.
When your dog gets bronchitis, it is called allergic bronchitis. An allergic reaction is usually the cause of the asthma that dogs experience.
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Upper Airway Inflammation
You have probably noted how dogs tend to smell things. They have a keen sense of smell. Because of their propensity to smell things, they are at greater risk of getting an allergic reaction. That reaction in turn causes inflammation.
If you have ever had a cut or sore and noted the red swollen skin around the wound, then you have seen inflammation. This red swollen tissue is similar to what is happening inside the trachea and bronchioles. This is what causes the difficulty breathing.
Something in dogs domain is usually the cause. One theory: those in a state of chronic dehydration can become allergic to many things if repeatedly exposed.
Dog asthma usually affects the pups and may happen up to middle-age. This does not mean your older dog will not experience allergic bronchitis.
Acute vs Chronic Dog Asthma
When your dog has a sudden attack, it is usually called acute allergic bronchitis.
When not treated for some time, physiological changes can take place. The damage to the lining of the respiratory tract can become permanent.
Dogs At Risk
Asthma in dogs, although not common, usually affects older small breed dogs. Gender does not make a difference.
Some specific allergens put all dogs at risk. These allergens include cigarette, cigar smoke, wood burning stoves, fireplaces, carpet or floor cleaners, deodorizers and air fresheners.
Dog Asthma: What You Need to Know
The Solution to Allergic Bronchitis in Dogs
There is a simple solution to the asthma that dogs get. It is the same thing that so many with asthma have found to eliminate the symptoms of and allow them to breathe again. For those humans with cough variant asthma, there are other options that in theory would work the same for your dog.
© Jonathan Steele 2013 / Posted 10-29-2013