How can you tell if your cat has asthma?

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Registered: 01-23-2002
How can you tell if your cat has asthma?
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Fri, 04-11-2003 - 9:55pm
My Patches has wheezing attacks every night and I don't know if I'll need to get her any special medication. When I mentioned the wheezing last fall at the vets they suggested she lose weight. Well she has, and the wheezing is still just as bad. How does a cat get diagnosed properly? Any advice is very much appreciated.

Hugs,

Suzy


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Registered: 04-12-2003
Sat, 04-12-2003 - 4:18am
Sometimes Hairballs seem like wheezing as well. Atleast it does in one of my cats he breathes heavey and kinda heaves. You can always get a second vets opinion too.
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Sat, 04-12-2003 - 7:28am
Hi Suzy!

That sure does sound like asthma...first you need to address this with your vet again, since she has lost weight and the wheezing is still there. They may want to take a chest x-ray just to rule out other things like bronchitis, pneumonia that could be lingering in there - they can also look for patterns of asthma in the x-ray. Generally, the drug of choice is prednisone, most cats can take it here and there when they need it, others need a life long low dose to maintain. In reading some articles about it, they have invented "kitty inhalers" for some who need them - these are the ones who basically turn blue and struggle with breathing.

To be on the safe side, take her in to be checked again, if you don't get the information you need, go for a second opinion - that would never hurt.

Good luck!

Cat

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Registered: 01-23-2002
Sat, 04-12-2003 - 11:38pm
Thank you Cat for all the info! I think I do need to take her in. This has been ongoing and I hate seeing her when she can't breath properly. I didn't know they could tell so much with an x-ray. I'll keep you posted on the results.

Hugs,

Suzy


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Registered: 01-23-2002
Sat, 04-12-2003 - 11:41pm
My Thomie is the one famous for hacking up furballs. Patches has short fur and doesn't seem to have that problem. (Thankfully) I believe it must be asthma or bad allergies.

Thanks for your feedback!