Natural Treatments For Feline Asthma
An asthma attack is when the passageways in your cat's lungs become inflamed and constricted making it very hard for your cat to breathe. An attack can quickly become a serious incident so if your cat shows any signs of respiratory distress, contact your veterinarian immediately. While there isn't a cure for asthma, the symptoms can be well managed using a combination of conventional veterinary treatments and holistic care. Conventional veterinary treatments for feline asthma include the use of corticosteroid drugs to reduce inflammation along with a bronchodilator to open up the air passageways. Conventional medications have side effects though, including the potential for diabetes and increased infections, so using holistic and lifestyle changes are important to help minimize the need and frequency of them. Please note that natural treatments for feline asthma are not meant to be a substitute for conventional veterinary treatments. Feline asthma is a serious condition and your veterinarian needs to be involved in the regular monitoring of your cat's symptoms and medication usage. But, using a holistic approach can slowly improve your cat's well being and over time, the frequency and severity of asthma attacks should improve reducing the need for medication.
1) Reduce Exposure To Airborne Allergens, Air Pollutants And Household Stress
The Asthma Kit
QuentaSAN is a powerful anti-viral, anti-infection formula. These homeopathic drops are the first line of defense with any upper respiratory condition. QuentaSAN drops work best when combined with NotaSAN drops. The two formulas work synergistically to control infections and inflammation. QuentaSAN seems to be especially helpful for lung-related health issues. Many cat owners have reported excellent results relieving continual discharge, runny nose and sneezing related to viruses when QuentaSAN and NotaSAN drops were administered.
NotaSAN is a power anti-inflammatory, anti-infection formula. These homeopathic drops are especially important for relieving allergy symptoms. NotaSAN, when combined with QuentaSAN works very well to control chronic upper respiratory infections, asthma, eye and nasal discharge. The two formulas are tasteless drops that can be easily administered to cats.
Silver Immune Support For Pets
Easy to use, anti-infection liquid. These nontoxic drops are safe for tiny kittens and shown in research to help reduce viral replication. By reducing infection, inflammation is reduced in the membranes, reducing mucous making it easier to breathe.
This multi-strain formula can be sprinkled on food or eaten by itself (many cats like the taste of it). Power Probiotic promotes the growth of friendly bacteria which aids your cat's immune system. Why is this important? The majority of your cat's immune system resides in the the intestinal tract. Using Power Probiotic is essential if your cat has taken steroids or antibiotics as these medications reduce the population of friendly bacteria. Friendly bacteria fight off pathogens, bad bacteria and viruses in an effort to keep your cat healthy. Power Probiotic is essential for all cats but especially those diagnosed with feline asthma.
Purrfect Pet CoQ10
Research has shown that the use of CoQ10 was correlated with reduced dosage of corticosteroids in human asthma patients. Our non-GMO ubiquinol-reduced CoQ10 is recommended by veterinarians because of it's purity and quality. Tested by a holistic veterinarian on his own cats, Purrfect Pet CoQ10 is a very important component of a feline asthma treatment protocol.
Omega 3 fatty acids can reduce symptoms and inflammation in asthma patients. Amazing Omegas is the absolute best fish oil for pets, naturally derived from sardines, mackerel and anchovies. Packed in glass bottles, it is free from toxins and PCBs. It only takes a few drops to help your kitty. One caveat is that if your cat is extremely allergic to fish, there is a possibility that fish oil could also present a problem. Generally what triggers allergies is the protein found in fish which is not present in the oil. However, if this is an issue for your kitty, then Flax Seed Oil may be the next best alternative.
This formula is comprised of plant sterols and antioxidants. Many veterinarians recommend plant sterols as a mild and more gentle alternative to corticosteroids. They are definitely NOT steroids and won't have the same power and effect of a drug, but can be helpful for reducing inflammation. Many pet owners have reported improvement in laboratory testing in pets that have autoimmune diseases. Immune Harmony helps to modulate the cat's immune system and is well-tolerated by very small pets.
3) Feed Your Cat A Hypoallergenic, Anti-Inflammatory Diet
We all want to spoil our cats but not at the expense of making them sick. Treating your kitty with asthma is going to require some adjustments to your cat's diet. This can be challenging at first, especially in a multi-cat household. However, the recommended diet for feline asthma is most likely a better diet for all of your pets. For example, there might be one cat in the household where one has asthma, another has UTIs and still another has Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) There is usually an underlying theme throughout--the diet! Most cat food diets contain ingredients that many cats are allergic to or intolerant of. This creates inflammation which can weaken your cat's overall immune system.
Pets that have asthma often have food allergies and that can make their asthma symptoms worse. Food allergies in cats and food intolerances are much more common than pet owners realize. One reason is that food allergy testing even with the best of tests, isn't especially accurate. The best tests may show allergies to a few items and yes, definitely avoid those items. But if a cat hasn't been eating certain foods, those same foods might also show up as not-allergic, in other words it is a false negative. Furthermore, some foods may not trigger allergies per se, but the cat is intolerant of them or the food just isn't good for them. An example of that is starchy carbs and grains. Unless a cat needs to be on a protein-restricted diet due to kidney or liver disease, then cats need to eat their natural carnivorous diet. Vegetarian diets, treats with molasses and grains, just aren't what a cat was meant to eat. But, even if you are feeding your cat a premium grain-free diet, there still could be ingredients in the food that are problematic for your cat. As a general rule, an anti-inflammatory feline asthma diet would avoid dry food (all are made with starchy carbs), poultry, fish and grains.
At Ask Ariel, we have had extensive experience treating cats with serious conditions such as cancer, viruses and chronic infections. Our veterinary-approved supplement and diet protocol has been successfully used by Pet Nutritionist Susan Blake Davis in veterinary hospitals since 2005. If you choose to order supplements for your cat with feline asthma, please be sure to include your cat's diet and other health issues on the order form at checkout. We will provide an anti-inflammatory diet for your kitty on the packing slip that comes with your order. Please know there is hope and there is help for pets with feline asthma using a combination of conventional and holistic veterinary care!