Feline asthma is a debilitating condition for cats and caretakers alike. Just like asthma in humans, asthmatic airways in the lungs are prone to swelling, inflammation, and an excessive production of mucus, which results in labored breathing that can become life-threatening when left untreated. An estimate between 1% and 5% of all cats are afflicted with feline asthma.
Symptoms of feline asthma may include open-mouth or rapid breathing, wheezing and coughing. Cats suffering from asthma may also take on a crouched posture, similar to what they look like when trying to work up a hairball. Only the most severe cases are accompanied by discoloration of that cat's lips and nose, which is a sign of oxygen deprivation and calls for immediate emergency care.
While no known cure exists for feline asthma, the condition can be managed through regular veterinary care and preventative measures. The most common treatment provided for feline asthma is the use of a corticosteroid through injection, oral tablets, or inhaler. However, long-term steroid treatments may put your cat at risk of developing side effects like Urinary Tract Infections and Cushings disease.
In light of new studies surrounding the medical benefits of Phytocannabinoid Rich (PCR) Hemp Oil for pets, some pet owners are supplementing their cat's asthma treatments with PCR Hemp oil to reduce dependency on steroid treatments. A study conducted in 2015 by Brazilian researchers suggests that PCR hemp supplements may reduce the hypersecretion of mucus in the airways, a symptom typically experienced among humans and pets suffering from asthma. Another study from 2012 cites PCR Hemp's anti-inflammatory properties as a potential treatment for lung injuries, and may also be beneficial for treating asthma-related inflammation.
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