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Wheezing in Dogs / Wheezing in Cats / Wheezing in Pets

Herbal remedies to help provide symptomatic relief for wheezing and breathing difficulties in cats and dogs.  

Natura Petz Organics remedies for wheezing in dogs and cats

The immune system is a complex army of cells found through out your pet’s body that provides a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites, toxins, foreign fells and cellular mutations (healthy cells which have mutated into irregular cells). The immune system is tasked with protecting EVERY cell in the animal body. 

A healthy immune system is resilient and powerful and up to the task of supporting normal, balanced function. The immune system is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated.  But even an animal with a highly developed immune system can experience dysfunction or failure. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk for disease. 

Wheezing in cats and dogs is most commonly associated with asthma. Wheezing associated with asthma may have different causes. Allergies can also be the culprit and is more common in dogs than cats but several different problems can also lead to sneezing and wheezing in cats.

Asthma, also called chronic bronchitis, is a serious respiratory disease that affects dogs and cats. It is a chronic (ongoing) condition characterized by inflammation and thickening of the small airways (bronchioles) in the lungs. Asthma affects animals the same way as humans. When your pet inhales, the inflamed airways collapse making it difficult to catch its breath. In severe cases of asthma, the airways become blocked with mucus and the smooth muscles that surrounds the airways begin to spasm (bronchospasm), further restricting breath. 

Asthma presents more frequently in younger to middle aged animals but it can affect pets of all ages and breeds. Pets that are immuno-compromised, stressed or suffer from systemic infections are at greater risk. Siamese cats and bulldogs are especially predisposed. 

Sinus infections, allergies, viruses and foreign objects or growths in the nose are some of the most common causes of wheezing. If your pet has an infection in or around its teeth, it can cause a chronic sinus infection. Stress may also cause wheezing in cats, including inhaled substances related to pollen, mold, dust, tobacco smoke, perfumes, candles, dusty cat litter, and powdered carpet deodorizers. Most asthma attacks are triggered by allergens in the environment. 

The onset of asthma in pets has been linked to the presence of chemicals in rugs, household cleaners and food. Some holistic vets think the commercial foods we feed our pets are filled with chemical preservatives and colorants and when combined with persistent vaccinations, our animals immune systems are severely strained, and allergies develop. 

Another cause for wheezing may be related to lung parasites, including lung worms and heart worms. In cases of lung parasites, your pet may cough as if a hairball is present, and will have great difficulty breathing. Your pet may have shortness of breath or breathing may be fast or shallow. If your cat breathes with its mouth open, this is a veterinary emergency. 

Mild cases of asthma might be unnoticed if it presents as a dry cough that may progress to wheezing, but may be associated with weight gain or fur balls. 

Severe asthma attacks can be life-threatening as your pet strains to breathe and presents with shallow, rapid and labored breath as evidenced by movement in the abdomen. Dogs and cats may assume a prayer position or extends their heads with their feet away from their chest. After an attack, your animal may be lethargic, listless and severely taxed. Check your pets tongue and gums for a blue or purple hue and if detected, take your pet to your veterinarian immediately as severe oxygen deprivation is occurring and can be fatal.

Other suggestions:

In addition to herbal remedies, acupuncture may be an option for your pet

Remove allergens from your pet’s environment if you suspect wheezing due to allergies (dryer sheets, detergents, candles, room fresheners, body lotions and other common chemicals found inside and outside of your home are usually to blame

Avoid using odor-controlling spray

Use an air purifier or air filter to remove dust and dirt particles

Use dust free, scent free cat litter

Don’t smoke around your pets 

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies are used to help reduce symptoms of asthma in dogs and cats, to help support balanced immunity, to help block asthma triggers, to help support respiratory health and to help tone and strengthen on the respiratory system, to help relax and repair smooth muscles and help clear infection and allergen triggers in the respiratory system, to help relieve dry, hacking coughs and sneezing. In addition to herbal remedies, acupuncture may be an option for your pet.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces and works to correct all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by stopping histamine and mast response, which directly causes allergies; help reduce respiratory disorders; relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation; soothes smooth muscles and tissues and alleviates respiratory congestion, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, reflux), rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD; relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, remedies skin allergies and irritations, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infection. Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic and anti-Candidal.

Turmeric the Magnificent – (learn more) antioxidant properties may help inhibit free radical damage and limit multiple inflammation pathways by helping cool inflammatory response in all body systems; help boost or balance immunity as needed; help support the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response; decongestant and anti-histamine properties may help limit allergen triggers by reducing mast cell histamine response; may help improve digestion by suppressing inflammation in the gut; may help cleanse and detoxify the liver, kidneys and gall bladder; may help address cognitive disease (i.e. Alzheimer') by limiting micro-inflammation in the brain and supporting the neurological, endocrine and cardiovascular link; curcuminoid content may help halt mutations in DNA related to cancer formation, and may help block the production of enzymes that cancer needs to spread; may help prevent heart disease and strokes by inhibiting the build-up of plaque in the arteries, including the arteries that provide the brain with essential oxygen and nutrients; may help address boils.

Soothed & Serene  – (learn more) is used to relax and calm all bodily systems of an anxious animal, particularly the Central, Autonomic, Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems, as well as for its positive effects to relax the endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive, excretory & respiratory systems; used holistically to help soothe animals exhibiting all types of  destructive behavior due to anxiety, fear, grief, separation, pain, illness, allergies, aggression, socialization issues, electrical and thunder storms due to its calming, mildly sedative, nervine effects and alternative to benzodiazepine drugs; as a nutritive to help bridge nutritional deficiencies and relieve irregularity in bodily systems;  helps restore emotional balance, promotes comfort, relaxation, balanced mood and feelings of security; helps protect the blood brain barrier, important in preventing plaque buildup in the brain related to cognitive decline and as a stroke preventative. 

Serenity Zen Dog & Cat - (learn more) is used for its multi-level nutritional and plant botanical support that works on all animal body systems to help soothe, relax, calm, balance and provide pain relief to nerves and muscles (Adrenal, Cardiovascular, Digestive, Excretory, Respiratory, Autonomic and Central Nervous Systems); may be useful for stress, anxiety and behavioral disorders; may be helpful in reducing the effects of allergies, digestive colic, storms, fireworks, travel, boarding, vet visits, separation, restlessness, irritability, depression, hyper-excitability, aggression, sadness and fear; to help address and reduce pain; to help maintain normal electrical balance in the brain, to reduce neuro inflammation,  and to modulate inflammatory response throughout the animal body.

Conventional Remedies:

Diagnosis is confirmed by chest x-rays, which allows a vet to differentiate between other diseases with similar signs, such as Bronchitis, Heart worm Disease, and Pneumonia.

Your vet may also collect fluid and mucous samples to be examined. Severe cases of asthma often require oxygen therapy and conventional drugs such as steroids. Antibiotics may be prescribed if bacterial infections are present. Please consider that all of these options are associated with side effects and suppress the immune system, which directly affects asthma. 


Natura Petz Organics remedies for wheezing in dogs and cats


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