Albuterol for Cats

Administer Albuterol to help your cat breath during an asthma attack.

Administer Albuterol to help your cat breath during an asthma attack.

Do you think humans are the only ones who suffer from asthma? Guess again. Felines also experience spasms in the muscles that surround the lungs, causing a feline asthma attack. In such cases, the drug Albuterol may be prescribed by your veterinarian to fend off a feline asthma attack.

Have your feline friend examined by a veterinarian If he has a cough or is struggling for air. Ask if a test for asthma should be performed. Your vet may prescription Albuterol if your cat is diagnosed with asthma. Ask about the proper dosage and have your vet demonstrate the best method for administering this medication to your cat.

Prepare Fluffy for treatments by getting him used to the spacer or mask that fits over his nose and mouth. Since the most common and effective form of treatment is by aerosol, allow him ample time to become familiar with the mask.

Place the mask on your feline’s face and secure the back of his head with your free hand. When he doesn’t struggle and appears calm, push the tip of the Albuterol and give him two “puffs” in the spacer.

Wait about 15 seconds before removing the mask. This ensures the aerosol makes it to his lungs. Ask your vet if Albuterol should be used daily or on an "as needed" basis.

Items you will need

  • Spacer or mask

Tips

  • The information provided offers suggestions for improving Albuterol administration and should not be used in place of first consulting with your veterinarian.
  • Discuss all possible side effects of Albuterol with your veterinarian prior to administering this medication to your cat.
  • Expect your feline to act spacey or a little out of it after inhaling the Albuterol. While this is a normal side effect, other reactions may be more severe, requiring immediate veterinary attention.

Warning

  • Albuterol is a drug that requires a prescription from your veterinarian. Follow your veterinarian's instructions and the drug's directions carefully. Do not give your cat more than the recommended dosage since it may cause damage to his internal organs. Contact your veterinarian or local animal emergency hospital immediately if your cat experiences a bad reaction to Albuterol.
 

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