What Causes Asthma in Pets?

As a pet owner, asthma is the last infection you want affecting your dog. This chronic condition makes breathing difficult for animals and can be life-threatening if left untreated. When it comes to asthma, it tends to be the same in pets as in humans, with similar causes.

At Methuen Veterinary Hospital in Methuen, MA, we're highly versed in treating this condition and enhancing the health of your four-legged friend. So, what causes pet asthma? 


Pet Dander

Usually, a common cause of asthma in pets is exposure to pet dander. This consists of small flakes of skin that shed from animals carrying mites, fleas and other parasites. When this dander mixes with saliva, it can become airborne and irritate your dog's lungs when it is inhaled. Our veterinarian can provide guidance on treatments that can help.

Second-Hand Smoke

Just like asthma that occurs in humans, exposure to second-hand smoke can worsen your pet's condition. This is why it's best to not smoke around dogs. Also, smoke particles can stick around on carpets and furniture, which can cause even further irritation. Contact our experienced veterinarian if your pet is dealing with discomfort due to this condition. 

Household Cleaners and Chemicals

Exposure to various chemicals and paint fumes in the home can also worsen asthma symptoms in pets. You’ll want to make sure that you are keeping them away from window cleaners, oven cleaners, bleach, laundry detergents, and other cleaning agents that may cause an asthma attack. Our vecan offer useful insight on protecting your pet from allergens. 

Pet Medication

Some medication for pets might also be a cause of asthma. Make sure you speak with our veterinarian about any medications you're giving your pet and what side effects they may cause in order to minimize any risks. Our local animal hospital can offer useful advice on helping to reduce the possibilities of asthma attacks. 

Allergens and Pollutants

Other potential causes for pet asthma include mold, grass, pollen, dust, and air pollution. If your cat or dog is showing signs of respiratory distress or congestion, it is highly recommended to check in with our veterinarian. Our vet will work closely with you to help find a treatment and how to manage the condition.

Environmental Pollutants

As you already know, environmental pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide and ozone, are linked to asthma in humans. Similarly, these pollutants can also affect pets. It is best to take some precautions, like keeping your dog indoors when the air quality is unsatisfactory and looking for pet-friendly services to help keep your pet healthy and active.

Visit an Animal Hospital for Pet Asthma Treatment

At Methuen Veterinary Hospital in Methuen, MA, we understand pet owners' distress in identifying and treating asthma in animals. Our team of experienced veterinarians can help diagnose your pet and provide the best treatment plans for their condition. Reach out to us today for pet treatment services.

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