What are Upper Respiratory Infections (URIs) in Cats and Dogs?
The upper respiratory system is comprised of the nose, throat and sinus area. It is susceptible to infections caused by a variety of viruses and bacteria. Breathing problems in dogs and cats can be very frightening. Breathing problems can be due to infections, viruses, cancer, heart disease and collapsed trachea.
Types of Upper Respiratory Infections in Cats and Dogs
Both cats and dogs can get an upper respiratory infection such as kennel cough but some cats can develop a protracted URI (what seems like a cold) that never really clears up all the way. Just when your kitty seems to be feeling better, as soon as the antibiotic medications are finished, within a few days, the symptoms seem to return. Understanding the root cause of your dog or cat's upper respiratory infection or breathing ailments, the types of respiratory infections and the triggers that can prolong the infection, can help you to finally get much needed relief for your pet.
Upper respiratory infection in dogs and cats affect the upper part of their airways: throat, trachea, nasal cavities and bronchi.
Common types of infection include:
- Bacterial infections – streptococcus and escherichia coli are two other bacteria that commonly cause infection in dogs.
- Bordetella – also known as kennel cough, this upper respiratory infection in dogs and cats is caused by bordotella bronchiseptica bacterium.
- Chlamydia – This bacteria can cause respiratory infection in cats.
- Distemper – this is a viral infection in canines caused by canine distemper virus.
- Influenza – in canines this viral respiratory infection is caused by the H3H8 virus.
- Lung Cancer - Lung cancer in dogs is more common than in cats and is a much more severe disease than common respiratory infections. Early symptoms can be similar to an upper respiratory infection so if the problem persists or worsens it is important to have your pet evaluated by a veterinarian.
- Viral Feline Infections – Two viruses that cause upper respiratory infections in cats are feline herpesvirus and feline calicivirus.
Feline asthma is the most commonly diagnosed respiratory disease. Asthma symptoms can be similar to chronic bronchitis and even sometimes mistaken for hairballs. If your cat has been diagnosed with asthma, there is so much you can do to help using a holistic approach. Please click on this link for our holistic treatments for cats with asthma.
- Trio of three liquid immune support formulas (Silver Immune, QuentaSAN drops and NotaSAN drops)
- Easy to use drops (with minimal smell and taste - no
- Reduces inflammation which triggers asthma attacks
- Clears up sinuses, nasal tract and improves breathing
- Gentle, natural formulas that pets can take along with antibiotics
- Supports your pet's own immune system to reduce viral
flareups or asthma attacks
Has your cat been sneezing? An occasional sneeze is normal but if your kitty has ongoing sneezing, then please contact your veterinarian. Frequent sneezing is typically a sign of infection whether it be viral, fungal or bacterial. Cats with viruses such as herpes are more prone to upper respiratory infections. If any of the following clinical signs are present, in addition to the sneezing, a veterinarian visit may be necessary:
- Bloody discharge from the nose
The sneezing may be due to airborne allergens (pollen, dust), foreign material in the nasal passage, upper respiratory infections (herpesvirus, calicivirus), pneumonia, or cancer.Cats don't have to be on antibiotics all the time. A holistic approach using a hypoallergenic low carbohydrate diet along with a few immune support supplements can be life changing.
- Noisy breathing or difficulty breathing
Natural Treatments for Upper Respiratory Infections in Cats and Dogs
Pets with breathing problems will often need medications. However, the best treatment for upper respiratory infection in cats and dogs is taking preventative measures to help support your pet's cardiovascular and upper respiratory health. Treatment options vary depending upon the reason why your pet is having breathing difficulty.
Immune Support & Asthma Kit - Trio of three liquid immune support formulas that provide gentle, natural support for pets with asthma and upper respiratory infections. Can be used in combination with asthma medication. Clears up sinuses, nasal tract and improves breathing.
QuentaSAN Drops - A powerful anti-viral, anti-infection homeopathic remedy. 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 pet owners have reported excellent results relieving continual discharge, runny nose and sneezing related to viruses when QuentaSAN and NotaSAN drops were administered.
NotaSAN Drops - A powerful 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.
Silver Immune Support For Pets - Easy to use, anti-infection liquid. These nontoxic drops are safe for tiny pets 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.
Power Probiotic - This multi-strain formula can be sprinkled on food or eaten by itself (many pets like the taste of it). Power Probiotic promotes the growth of friendly bacteria which aids your pet's immune system. Why is this important? The majority of your pet's immune system resides in the the intestinal tract. Using Power Probiotic is essential if your pet 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 pet healthy. Power Probiotic is essential for all pets, but especially those diagnosed with feline asthma.
Amazing Omegas - 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 pet.
Immune Harmony - contains plant sterols proven to effective for treating autoimmune disease in both dogs and cats, helps to modulate the immune system and long-term immune health.
Diet For Cats and Dogs With Chronic Upper Respiratory Infections
Dogs and cats are carnivores. For your convenience, manufacturers make dry food that can be left out all day. Dry food is overprocessed, overcooked and requires high amounts of carbohydrates to manufacture the food so it will stick together. Carbohydrates break down into sugar which feed the bacteria and viruses creating a vicious cycle. Finally, to improve storage time, many manufacturers add chemical preservatives to keep the food from spoiling so you can leave it out all day......Click here to learn more about how dry kibble can affect your pet's health
Other than avoiding dry kibble, feeding a hypoallergenic diet using a novel protein has been especially helpful for pets with upper respiratory infections, allergies, asthma and other chronic infections. There isn't "one" diet that is appropriate for every pet as age, breed and health conditions vary. On the order form at checkout, please include your pet's diet and we will provide a diet suggestion for your pet's specific needs on the packing slip that comes with the product directions.
Why Use Ask Ariel Supplements To Help Your Pet With Respiratory Infections?
Many pet owners have seen the benefits of using supplements on their own health and now want the same for their pets. Our premium, natural pet supplements have been used successfully in veterinary hospitals since 2005. Ask Ariel's remedies are selected based on quality, scientific research and proven results. A holistic approach with supplements and diet changes (FREE diet tips on the packing slip with your order) can give your pet much needed immune support. Many veterinarians have seen the proven results of our products with their patients which is why Ask Ariel pet supplements are veterinary recommended nationwide.
If you have questions, please feel free to email us at Support@AskAriel.com We will be happy to provide you with additional information about our natural remedies for respiratory infections, asthma, and breathing problems, but please know that due to veterinary regulations, we cannot provide individualized consultative advice without a physical exam.