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Unlike humans, animals cannot speak up to tell you when they need help. And since the onset of canine and feline asthma typically comes later in life, it can be difficult to determine the difference between a harmless hairball and a greater issue. If your dog or cat exhibits any of the following symptoms, call your vet immediately – your pet may have a more serious respiratory problem that can be treated with a nebulizer.
Just like humans, cats, dogs, and other pets can develop respiratory illnesses that require inhaled medication. To provide relief for conditions like asthma and pneumonia, your veterinarian may prescribe the use of a nebulizer – a device that changes medication from a liquid to a mist so that it can readily be inhaled into the lungs. Because they administer the medication slowly and directly into the lungs (unlike oral medications, which need to be digested before they can enter the bloodstream) nebulizer treatments are typically the most effective way to provide relief for respiratory ailments.
Most nebulizers fall into one of two categories – home (tabletop) or portable. Home nebulizers, like the Omron CompAir Elite, must be plugged into an electrical outlet, and are generally larger and bulkier; they are also less expensive than portable nebulizers.
Portable nebulizers run on disposable or rechargeable batteries, and many fit in the palm of your hand. You might be paying a little bit more, but in return, you can easily slip your nebulizer in your bag or purse – great in case of emergencies during walks!
Despite their elaborate appearance, nebulizers are simple to use. Just follow these steps:
Treating an animal with a nebulizer can be a somewhat involved process, and should not be attempted without the recommendation and support of your veterinarian. Depending on your pet’s personality and the severity of their condition, your vet may recommend one of several methods of administering the nebulized medication:
Unless you speak dog or cat, you won’t be able to verbally communicate with your pet to explain why you’re treating them with this strange-looking machine. The trick to reducing resistance during nebulizer treatments is to establish a routine, and reward good behavior. Here are some tips for making the process go smoother:
If you suspect that your pet is having an asthma attack, it’s essential that you get them to the vet as soon as possible. However, if the vet’s office is closed, or if you live in secluded area, you may need to take action on your own: