Does your dog have asthma?

Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

This month is for raising awareness about allergies and asthma, and that applies to more than just humans. Animals can suffer from asthma¬†just like humans can, so it’s important to identify this for your dog’s long term health.

Identifying Symptoms

Asthma can affect any dog, but it’s more common with smaller pooches than larger dog breeds. Luckily, asthma is relatively easy to identify and quite different from normal dog behaviour.
Some key symptoms include:

  • Heavier and longer pants
  • Seeming out of breath
  • A loss of energy
  • Dry hacking and coughing
  • Pale or blue gums
    • If your dog suffers from this symptom it is due to lack of oxygen and need¬†veterinarian treatment asap.

If some of these symptoms have started occurring recently or suddenly, it’s often due to a change in the dog’s environment. Think about what new things that may have been introduced into the home or their diet in the past few weeks or months.

Treatment

Of course, your best bet is visiting your regular vet if you notice your pup suffers from one or more of these symptoms, they will give you professional and relevant advice. If your dog does suffer from asthma, there are a few things we recommend you can do to reduce harm and make your home a more healthy environment for your pet.

  • Bathe and wash your dog regularly, making sure they are thoroughly dry afterwards.
  • Reduce your pet’s exposure to smoke (be it a fireplace, wood stove or someone smoking).
  • Use more natural cleaners for your home, such as white vinegar (straight from the bottle or diluted in water).
  • Installing / using air purifying machines (HEPAs also work as an alternative).
If you’d like to read more, Canna-Pet has a great article about pet asthma with more symptoms / treatments that could help you make your home a safer place for your pup. Read More Here.