Like humans, dogs and cats can suffer from asthma and bronchitis. The symptoms are similar too – wheezing, coughing, and restricted breathing. Prescription Flovent HFA is an inhaled steroid that decreases swelling and irritation of the airways and can help your pet breathe easier.
Flovent HFA (fluticasone) is an inhaled aerosol steroid that is proven effective in humans, as well as cats and dogs suffering from chronic asthma or bronchitis. Your veterinarian can choose from three different strengths of Flovent for your pet. A built-in dose counter on the canister makes it easy to track the number of doses left. Using special feline and canine aerosol masks (sold separately) helps ensure that your pet receives the full dose of Flovent.
Veterinarians prescribe Flovent HFA for dogs and cats that are suffering from bronchitis, sinusitis, and, particularly, asthma. This inhaled medication helps reduce swelling and irritation in the airways of the lung so your dog or cat can breathe. The active ingredient in Flovent HFA, fluticasone, is a corticosteroid that’s proven to reduce inflammation, a major cause of constricted, difficult breathing.
Flovent HFA is a medication designed for ongoing use to control chronic conditions such as asthma and to prevent symptoms including wheezing, restricted breathing, and coughing. It is not a quick-relief inhaler and should not be used to treat sudden asthma attacks. Flovent HFA takes up to 10 days to reach full effect so you must administer it to your pet regularly for your pet to benefit from the medication.
Flovent has a relatively low incidence of side effects but it may cause some throat irritation, tiredness, and dizziness. If you observe any of these in your pet, contact your veterinarian. Talk to your veterinarian about how Flovent HFA should be used to control your pet’s particular condition.
The Flovent HFA canister contains a built-in dose counter so you can track the doses you administer to your pet. The propellant in Flovent HFA, hydrofluoroalkane (HFA), does not affect the ozone layer.
Administering Flovent HFA is easier and more effective when you use an aerosol mask designed specifically for cats and dogs. These masks, which are sold separately, are designed to fit snuggly around the muzzle so your pet receives a full dose of the medication. The AeroKat and AeroDawg aerosol chambers are designed to work with inhalers including the Flovent HFA inhaler. Both come with masks of different sizes so you can ensure the correct fit for your pet.
NOTE: Trudell Medical International and VetRxDirect do not endorse this protocol.
It is provided as guidance for discussion with your veterinarian.
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You can find a human-labeled package insert which provides more detailed information on Flovent HFA Aerosol, Metered's indications, forms of administration, and side effects along with other clinical information by following the link below.
This information is written for product use in people, but may be helpful to you when giving the Flovent Inhalers to your pet.
Flovent's Package Insert does not take the place of instructions from your veterinarian. Talk to your pet's veterinarian or pharmacist if you do not understand any of the information provided in this document or if you have any questions about Flovent Metered Inhalers.
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VetRxDirect's professional staff will provide answers to any relevant questions about this product. Specific questions related to dosages and recommendations are best answered by your pet's veterinarian.
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I note the box states 120 metered actuations, does this mean 120 doses? so if I need to give twice a day this should last 2 months?
Where it indicates 120 metered actuations on the Flovent, it does mean 120 doses, so giving one puff of the inhaler twice daily would mean that that the inhaler will last approximately 2 months.
I have a cat that has severe asthma. I am seriously thinking about trying flovent. I was under the impression that flovent would take the place of daily steroids in for my cat. Can you advise? I don't like the side effect of the daily steroids.
Fluticasone, the active ingredient in Flovent, has been shown to be effective in treating feline asthma. The goal with inhaled corticosteroids such as Flovent, is to reduce or eliminate the need for oral steroids however, oral steroids may still be required during periods of acute stress or severe asthma attacks. Your veterinarian will determine if oral corticosteroids are needed and how frequently, when used with Flovent for the treatment of your cat’s asthma. Flovent is well tolerated by most cats and generally causes significantly fewer side effects than oral corticosteroids. An inhaler delivery device such as AeroKat may be recommended by your veterinarian as a means to adequately deliver the medication.
The purchasing of prescription medication, like Flovent, requires approval from the veterinarian, however, it does not necessarily mean that you have to pick up a written prescription from the veterinarian. We can accept prescriptions faxed or called in directly from the clinic. Once an order is placed, we will send a fax over to the clinic that you list in your account, and the veterinarian can either fax the form back, or give us a call to approve the prescription. Most clinics will authorize a prescription in one of these two ways.
I've read about the aerokat mask for the use with flovent. I have several questions since my vet has never used any kind of inhaler for his patients, he had no idea what to prescribe....How do you figure out how much of a dose of flovent a cat requires? second, is this flovent hfa specifically made for pets?
I forgot to also ask, when talking with my vet about using an inhaler for my cat's asthma, he stated that he thought inhalers were only used when the patient/animal has an asthma attack, not for everyday use, is this true or is there another type of inhaler that can be used on a daily basis to treat a cat with asthma.
Flovent is a corticosteroid used as maintenance therapy (given on a daily basis) to help with symptoms caused by asthma. There are other medications, such as albuterol, that is given only as needed during an acute episode from asthma. The dose will depend on the severity of the disease as well as other possible factors. I recommend having your cat’s veterinarian give VetRxDirect a call and ask for one of the pharmacists to determine a starting dose. Flovent is a product that is manufactured for human use but is commonly used in pets.
Although dogs can be prescribed albuterol inhalers to help with their asthma, we would not recommend using your inhaler for your dog. Medications should never be used for any other patient, human or pet, other than the patient listed on the prescription label.
It is of the utmost importance for our pets to have an examination before starting any OTC or Rx medication.
Dogs would also need a special device called an AeroDawg Chamber to help facilitate a human-labeled inhaler.