is a recurring respiratory compromise that occurs when the lung airways
constrict either spontaneously or in response to stimuli which normally
should not cause a reaction. Excess mucus forms, airways swell with
inflammation and can actually ulcerate, and the airway muscles go into
spasm leading to constriction. Airway constriction leads to inability to
draw a deep breath, intolerance to exercise, coughing, and musical
sighing sounds called “wheezes.” Not all of these signs need be
observed; sometimes only a low grade chronic cough is the only sign but
it should be remembered that an acute asthmatic crisis can arise at any
time and can represent a life-threatening event.
It is crucial to realize that the underlying problem in the airway is inflammation. To resolve inflammation, corticosteroid medications such as prednisone are necessary; doses are frequently high and continued long-term. Another method commonly used besides long-term oral use of steroids is periodic use of injectable long acting corticosteroids. This is generally an injection given periodically when the cat seems to be showing signs of respiratory discomfort. This is more convenient for many pet owners than trying to administer daily pills. Unfortunately, many of the drugs can cause severe side effects that are commonly used.
Holistic medicine will use acupuncture to help decrease inflammation and start the healing process. Diet, supplements, and various herbs are used to reduce the inflammation, increase blood flow and help the body try to reverse the inflammation. The end result of the holistic approach is usually a long tern increase in the quality of life.
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, is a holistic, natural approach to evaluating and treating your pet. Conventional medicine tends to look at the symptoms and then address the problem by trying to alleviate those symptoms. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine looks at the individual symptoms of each pet, and tries to figure out why those symptoms are present. The root cause of those symptoms is addressed and if the treatment is successful, the symptoms subside.
During your first appointment, I will perform a veterinary examination to determine how many treatments are necessary to give your pet optimal results as well as discuss diet and herbal medication options. In addition, I consult with your family veterinarian to provide total health care for your pet