How to Ease Cat Asthma Symptoms Naturally Using Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine
We're so sorry for the challenges you are facing with your cat's asthma.
In this article, we'll discuss the recommendations our veterinarians make in their clinics to ease cat asthma symptoms.
What Causes Cat Asthma Symptoms?
Asthma is a debilitating condition that affects somewhere between 1% to 5% of cats.
Cat asthma is a disease of the lower airways of the lungs.
Most researchers agree that cat asthma symptoms are caused by an allergic reaction to inhaled allergens.
When inhaled, the particles stimulate the cat's immune system to an exaggerated response, resulting in an asthma attack.
What Are The Symptoms of Cat Asthma?
Cat asthma offers some tell-tale signs.
If your cat experiences the following symptoms, please see your vet immediately.
Cats suffering from asthma often show signs of:
- coughing or hacking
- difficulty breathing
- open-mouth breathing
- rapid breathing
Also, the signs can vary in intensity.
Asthma can start as low-grade coughing, then move to increased respiratory effort and elevated respiratory rate. It can progress to an acute respiratory crisis.
How to Help Cat Asthma Symptoms Naturally Using TCVM
Luckily, cat asthma symptoms are highly treatable.
Our first recommendation is feeding lung treats.
Because of the Five-Element Theory and Yin & Yang Theory, our vets recommend feeding lung treats to support the lung meridian.
The Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) Five-Element Theory embodies the relationship between the five naturally occurring elements in the environment.
Lung represents metal and is associated with the lung meridian.
The lung's main function is respiration and creating energy from the oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange.Interestingly, in Chinese Medicine, the lung is also responsible for controlling and regulating the skin surface and hair of the entire body.
The body also "breathes" through the skin. As mentioned earlier, Five-Element Theory links the lung and the metal element.
Metal's attributes are determination, strength, and persistence. The Metal Element is also known as the “breath of life.”
By ingesting lung treats, your pet strengthens all of the above attributes in his or her own body.
In addition, there are several other things you can do to help at home to help ease your cat's asthma.
Learn More About Cat Allergies
Most cats suffering from asthma also suffer from allergies.
And, if you take measures to reduce your cat's allergens, it will also help prevent cat asthma symptoms.
There are several other things you can do to help at home to help ease your cat's allergies and asthma.
Our free ebook on cat allergies explains everything in detail, and provides many helpful recommendations you can implement at home. Get your free copy of "Cat Allergies 101"
Switch to a Limited Ingredient Cat Food
PET | TAO's Limited Ingredient Cat Food Recipe is naturally low in ingredients that stimulate an allergic response. It's easy to get started cooking at home!
The recipe tells you everything you need to know to get started, and even gives you lists of low-allergen foods.
Supplement With Medicinal Mushrooms
PET | TAO Complement Immune is a medicinal mushroom blend. Certain mushrooms ease inflammatory response and helps with allergy symptoms.
Try Digestive Enzymes & Probiotics
Probiotics and digestive enzymes promote overall gut health, which boosts overall immune health and immune response.
In addition, digestive enzymes help your cat better digest everything he or she eats.
In fact, many human studies indicate properly and completely digesting food plays an important role in allergic response.
Probiotics help overall gut health by reintroducing healthy bacteria back into your cat's system.
If your cat has a good population of healthy gut bacteria, it remarkably reduces and prevents allergies.
Dr. Smith and Dr. Damron recommend PET | TAO Harmonize GI.
Harmonize GI is a blend of prebiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes. You can purchase Harmonize GI in in our store without a veterinary authorization.
Try Chinese Herbal Medicine for Pets
TCVM herbal remedies are special Chinese herbs formulated to restore energy balance to opposing forces of energy that run through invisible channels in the body.
Chinese medicine offers many amazing natural solutions for cat allergies. Some good examples are:
However, to get TCVM herbs you need an authorization from your veterinarian or a consultation with one of our veterinarians.
Do You Need Extra Help With Your Cat's Asthma?
If you ever need extra help managing your cat's asthma naturally, we have options. TCVM Pet Supply co-founding veterinarians, Dr. Marc Smith and Dr. Casey Damron offer TCVM telemedicine consultations.
If you get a TCVM telemedicine consultation ($125), you'll get personalized TCVM recommendations specific to your cat, including:
- Food Therapy Recommendations
- TCVM Evaluation
- TCVM Herb Recommendations & Veterinary Authorization
- Supplement Recommendations
- Alternative Medicine Recommendations
If you reside in the Middle Tennessee area or would like to commute, you may choose an in-clinic appointment instead. You can learn more about each vet and contact the clinic you prefer directly:
We hope this information helps you, and wish you the best in making your cat feel better!