Inhalers are commonly prescribed for dogs, cats, and horses to treat multiple different respiratory conditions. Some of the most common include asthma, bronchitis, and allergic rhinitis. Just like humans, animals can use an inhaler (puffer) with the help of an aerosol chamber device. The AeroKat*, AeroDawg*, and AeroHippus* are specially designed aerosol chambers for cats, dogs, and horses. The chamber holds the inhaler medication until the animal has time to inhale, ensuring the dose is delivered.
How Do They Work?
The aerosol chamber attaches to a puffer inhaler on the bottom end and a mask to the top end, which goes over your pet’s face. This allows your pet to breathe normally and inhale the aerosol medication into their lungs.
Each aerosol chamber has a Flow-Vu Indicator which moves when the animal inhales and exhales. This allows you to easily visualize and count their breaths, so you can make sure their medication is delivered accurately. The chamber also has a low resistance valve which releases the medication once the animal inhales.
The dog and the cat masks should fit snug and secure over the mouth and nose to ensure the right seal. The horse mask fits over one nostril. Designed for comfort, the masks are soft and non-stick so they do not pull on hair.
Wondering how to use them? Watch these helpful videos which give step-by-step instructions for the AeroKat, AeroDawg, and AeroHippus.
What Type of Medication Can Be Used?
The AeroKat, AeroDawg, and AeroHippus chambers can be used with all types of metered dose inhalers (MDI) or “puffer” aerosol type inhalers. It is not compatible with dry powder inhalers (DPI) or Diskus type inhalers
Cleaning and Replacement
Each type of the aerosol chambers disassembles for easy cleaning. Both the chamber and masks should be cleaned weekly for hygiene and to help prevent buildup. With daily use, medication can deposit on the valves creating a whitish film. This build-up could lead to reduced performance over time. To help ensure optimal drug delivery the manufacturer recommends the chambers be replaced every 12 months. Cleaning instructions included with the package may be found on the product page on the VetRxDirect website, and the manufacturer’s website.
AeroDawg Canine Aerosol Chamber and Masks
Accommodates all types and breeds of dogs. Small AeroDawg is designed for dogs 20 lbs or less and includes a small & medium mask. Large AeroDawg is designed for dogs over 20 lbs and includes a medium & large mask. Replacement masks and medication are sold separately.
AeroKat Feline Aerosol Chamber and Masks
The AeroKat accommodates all sizes and breeds of cats. It includes a small and medium mask. Small mask measures approximately 1.5″ in diameter, medium mask 2″ in diameter. Replacement masks and medication are sold separately.
AeroHippus Equine Aerosol Chamber
The AeroHippus is designed to fit all breeds and sizes of horses, from foals to drafts, and It includes a universal fit mask. Like the canine and feline chambers, AeroHippus is compatible will metered dose (puffer) inhalers and features a flow-vu indicator.
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Do you want to take the difficulty out of giving pet’s pills? Does your pet make a fuss out of eating their medicine? I have personally had issues giving my dog her medicine if it’s not a flavored, chewable tablet. Some capsules can be sprinkled onto dog food, but it doesn’t always cover up the taste of the medicine. I have searched for a better way to get her to take those pesky pills. I have now found solutions to getting the medicine into my dog: Kinn products and Greenie’s Pill Pockets. We carry the Kinn and Greenies product lines because we believe these products are truly the best. The Greenies line is a trusted source for all pet treats, and the Kinn products allow you to make custom pet treats with your own recipes to hide their medications, including any compounded medications.
Pill Pockets by Greenies:
Greenies has formulated an easy way to give your pet’s medications by putting them into a hollowed out tasty treat. There are many different flavors for cats and dog’s Pill Pockets, and are even available in formulations with real meat! There is also an allergy formula for the more sensitive pets. Pill Pockets come in capsule or tablet sizes for convenient use. To use Pill Pockets, you just have to place the pill inside the hole in the treat, then close the open end by pinching it with your fingers. The treat is then ready for your pet’s happy eating!
Kudose Pill Concealer by Kinn:
The Kudose pill concealer is a top of the line product for making pills into treats. In a few minutes, you can hide your pet’s medications into a custom-made treat they will beg to have. You have the power to decide what ingredients are in your pet’s treats with the Kudose pill concealer. You can make the treats organic, natural, low fat, or grain free! You can make the treats with or without medications. The treat recipe you choose is placed into the bottle, and you then place a Kudose Kapsule (the capsules made for the pill concealer) into the bottom. You can either add a pill into the capsule before filling it with your delicious treat recipe and hide your pet’s pills, or you can simply fill it with all treat filling. This product is a great way to eliminate preservatives, fillers, and additives from your pet’s treats, while ensuring your pet get’s their full dose of medicine. You can also reduce the anxiety of medicine time with your pet and make them excited about getting a treat. Kinn believes in their products and even offers a 100% money back guarantee if you decide it’s not for you and your pet. To show you how the Kudose pill concealer is used, we’ve have provided a 50 second video:
Krocodile Pill Splitter and Crusher by Kinn:
If your pet has to take part of a pill or have their medication crushed into their food, you know how frustrating it can be. Inexpensive human pill splitters wear out easily and aren’t always good for the large pills some dogs have to take. Kinn has brought a pill splitter and crusher into one quality device. The Krocodile pill splitter and crusher allows you to split tablets easily. This pet piller is strong enough for you to step on if you have troubles with your hands. You can also use the Krocodile Kroc Belly’s, which are small baggies for you to place the pills in before you crush them. This is a great way to reduce contamination between your different pet’s pills and it ensures your pet receives their full dose of medication. Below is a video about Kinn Krocodile:
Kase Pill Dispenser by Kinn:
My husband and I camp during the summer and taking our dog’s medications with us can be a hassle. The Kase pill dispenser can resolve issues of traveling with pet medications and with giving medications on the go! The Kase pill dispenser is a small metal device which holds six treats or pills with an easy to load and release design. The Kase pill dispenser allows you to get the treat or medication out easily and with one hand. This makes giving pet medications easier when you’re on the go, have arthritis, or have general difficulty with your hands. The Kase pill dispenser also protects your pet’s costly medications from being damaged from breaking during travel. The video below shows how convenient the Kase pill dispenser is to use:
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Feline lower airway disease is used to describe conditions that affect the lower respiratory tract in cats. These conditions include bronchial diseases, chronic bronchitis, feline asthma, bronchial asthma, and allergic asthma. Distinction between the conditions can be done by specific testing available at your veterinarian clinic.
What is feline asthma?
It is estimated that 1% of cats suffer from asthma which occurs more frequently in female cats. Asthma is reversible inflammation of the small airways in the lungs (i.e. bronchioles). It is similar to asthma in humans and begins with a mild cough. If not treated, it may progress to your cat being in distress with coughing, wheezing, loud and rapid breathing, and exercise intolerance. Symptoms, generally noticed between the ages of 2 to 6, are often overlooked and mistaken for hairballs due to the coughing and wheezing. Asthma is often associated with inflammation due to irritants or allergens in the environment which causes an increase in mucus in the lungs constricting the small airways. As a result, your cat will have trouble breathing.
What triggers a feline asthma attack?
Asthma attacks can be caused by a variety of sources. Allergens in the air, temperature changes, and exercise can all trigger attacks. Some allergens that are frequently associated with asthma include grass, tree pollen, fumes, cigarettes, dust, smoke, perfumes, and various sprays. Attacks may also be worse in cats that are overweight.
How is asthma in cats diagnosed?
It is important to take your cat to the veterinarian if you think your cat may have asthma. The veterinarian can listen to your cat’s lungs using a stethoscope to detect crackling and whistling due to excess mucus or inflamed airways. They will also need to know as much information about your cat and his environment as possible. The veterinarian may identify the cause or trigger of your cat’s asthma with the information you provide him. A chest x-ray can also be done to view the chest wall and lungs of your cat.
Preventative measures to decrease the chance of asthma attacks in cats
There are many changes that can be made to your home to prevent an asthma attack in your cat. Dust-free cat litter is a great first step in removing a source of allergens. Replacing filters on heating units and air conditioners can also help keep the air in your home clean. The winter season can be troublesome for your cat’s asthma due to the extreme temperature and dry air. Limit outdoor exposure during winter months in order to avoid these and use a humidifier inside during dry seasons to help prevent attacks. Many cat owners never identify the allergen responsible for triggering asthma attacks. If you can find the trigger, try to remove it as best as possible, but there are treatment options available if needed.
How to treat feline asthma
The goals of treating feline asthma are to reduce inflammation, airway constriction, and mucus production while trying to identify and remove the allergen(s) causing the asthma symptoms in order to prevent airway damage. Feline asthma is often treated with bronchodilators and corticosteroids.
Aminophylline and terbutaline are two medications that are taken by mouth which act as bronchodilators to open the airways in the lungs. Albuterol (Proair® or Ventolin®) are popular inhaled bronchodilators. These medications are fast-acting and can help relax the muscles causing the closed airways. These are often used when your cat is having an asthma attack.
Albuterol will help your cat during an asthma attack within 5 to 10 minutes of use. If the attack reoccurs, the medication can be used every half-hour or as needed for your cat. Albuterol can cause increased heart rate, excitability, weight loss, and tremors; however, these occur infrequently in most cats. If your cat is having asthma attacks often, your cat may need a medication such as a glucocorticoid to prevent or reduce the frequency of asthma attacks.
Glucocorticoids are used to decrease the inflammation in your cat’s lungs in order to prevent asthma attacks. Prednisone, prednisolone, and methylprednisolone are common examples of oral glucocorticoids. Fluticasone (Flovent®) is an example of an inhaled corticosteroid.
Fluticasone is commonly used every 12 hours to maintain healthy airways in your cat. It is used with a breathing mask, such as an AeroKat Feline Aerosol Chamber, to ensure the medication is inhaled. Fluticasone can be found as 44, 110, and 220 mcg per actuation, but the 110 mcg strength is most commonly used in feline asthma. Unlike albuterol, fluticasone can take 10 to 14 days to achieve the full benefits.1 Prednisolone can be given during this time until the fluticasone is fully effective.
Why use inhaled medication for feline asthma?
Medications given by mouth are not ideal for the treatment and prevention of asthma in cats due to the increased risk of side effects. Oral medications can alter blood sugars, which may be problematic with cats who have diabetes. They can also increase the risk of inflammation of the pancreas and are poorly tolerated. Inhaled medications help avoid some of these side effects by acting directly on the lungs and airways.
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Optimize your cat’s treatment using the AeroKat Feline Aerosol Chamber
AeroKat Feline Aerosol Chamber for cats is an easy-to-use device that helps deliver medications for the treatment of asthma, allergic rhinitis, or chronic bronchitis. The chamber is used with a metered-dose inhaler like albuterol or fluticasone. The chamber is used to hold the puff of medication while your cat breathes normally to inhale all of the medication. Without the chamber, the medication can be lost in the air, and your cat may not get the full benefit of the medication needed. The AeroKat Feline Aerosol Chamber can help your cat get the medication he needs to feel better and breathe normally.
Believe it or not, asthma is not a condition reserved for humans alone. Often referred to as dyspnea or allergic bronchitis, one percent of dogs are reported to have this ailment, but the actual amount of sufferers is estimated to be much higher as this condition often goes overlooked by owners and medical professionals alike. After all, it is hard to diagnose (the patient can’t elaborate on the details after all), and is frequently mistaken for other issues like heartworm disease.
As a concerned pet owner, what should you look for? The symptoms your dog experiences is not too unlike what you, yourself would experience. He will cough and wheeze, and may even experience shortness of breath. During extreme bouts, your canine friend may have spasms and constrictions in his upper airways, at which you should seek immediately medical attention. What causes such symptoms? The surrounding environment may be the guilty culprit. Allergens like plants, pesticides and pollution may irritate your dog’s inhalation outside and, when inside, common causes are cigarette smoke, carpet deodorizers and different cleaning products. Yes, eliminating specific factors may help, but pinpointing the exact cause can be extremely difficult and protecting your companion with relieving measures is a must. After all, there is no cure or permanent removal for allergic canine bronchitis.
While dogs of all ages and sizes can experience this condition, most animals develop this disorder in their youth or middle-age. Smaller breeds have an increased likelihood of being sensitive to allergens, partly due to their elevated heart rate and rapid breaths. Who among us hasn’t seen a toy dog gasping with its mouth open as it excitedly wheezes for breath?
If you suspect your dog may be experiencing allergic bronchitis, a trip to the veterinarian should happen at once. If it goes untreated for too long, the consequences can be severe if not fatal. After all, oxygen helps your beloved friend’s organs continue to function. So give your canine the easy breathing he deserves and yourself some peace of mind and, if you have your uncertainties, have your dog checked out for this often overlooked ailment.
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A serious respiratory disease in human beings, asthma also affects our pets. Of course the condition is more difficult to diagnose in our furry friends, especially if they’re cats. Swallowing and coughing up their own hairballs is quite common for felines. And since coughing and wheezing are the two most common symptoms of feline asthma, the disorder is difficult to detect until your pet has a major asthma attack.
Only about one percent of cats suffer from feline asthma, which is about seven times less than the asthma rate for human beings. However, most veterinarians agree that the rate is likely much higher than the stated number for cats, as most of them have yet to be diagnosed. So, how can you tell if your cat has asthma before it’s too late?
It is also important to note that asthmatic attacks can be caused by indoor allergens, such as carpet deodorizers, aerosol sprays, kitty litter dust, and tobacco smoke. So, if you cat starts hacking away shortly after you start using a new housecleaning or freshening product, stop using it and take your animal to his doctor for testing. Additionally, if your cat coughs and wheezes incessantly when the seasons changes, particularly in the spring, it may be the result of seasonal triggers.
If the attack is properly treated, your pet should make a full recovery. However, he will not be out of the proverbial woods. Feline asthma is a chronic condition that is characterized by chronic, often seasonal attacks. The diseases cannot be cured, but treatment for asthma in cats starts with the right prescription medications. What are they?
Ventolin HFA (albuterol sulfate) Treatment for Asthma in Cats
Although this prescription medication can be expensive, it should only be used as needed; in other words, it should last a long time. Like any new medicine, make sure you speak to your veterinarian before you administer it. If he or she gives you the greenlight, only use this product when your cat is in the midst of an asthma attack. This drug is not a curative that must be taken every day, but rather an emergency medication that may have serious side effects when it is administered on a regular basis.
Your pet’s veterinarian may also prescribe Flovent (fluticasone), a corticosteroids, which is used daily as a treatment for asthma in cats. While fluticasone may help prevent the symptoms of asthma in your cat, this drug does not cure asthma and should not be used during an asthma attack. The above described drug albuterol should be used during an asthma attack in cats.
Cyclosporine Capsules and Liquid for Cats
Designed to treat a wide range of immune diseases, including allergies and overactive immune system, Cyclosporine is a possible alternative to steroids, which generally have a longer list of side effects. Available in both liquid and capsule form, this perscription medication has proven highly effective at treating feline asthma and preventing serious respiratory attacks. It may also help heal atopic dermatitis and anal fistulas in pets.
Theophylline for Cats
Any cat that suffers from incessant coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath or labored breathing can safely and regularly take Theophylline tablets. This prescription medication helps relax the air passages of the lungs, making it easier for your pet to breathe in and breathe out. It should be administered on a daily basis before or after meals, or as directed by your veterinarian. Do you best to follow the dosing schedule to the letter, but never, ever double dose if you happen to miss one.
Storm phobia in dogs is a common problem ranging in severity from very mild to severely debilitating. Even the most well-behaved dogs can react violently and destructively to thunder and lightning. Typically dogs that have storm anxiety react negatively to other loud noises as well, such as fireworks, lawn mowers, sirens, music and car alarms. Common signs of noise and storm anxiety include trembling, pacing, panting, whimpering and running away. Whether your dog is mildly affected by lightning and thunder anxiety or suffers extreme symptoms, there are resources and tools available to relieve their stress during a storm.
Recommended methods for treating or reducing noise and storm anxiety to try with your dog:
Creating a calm, safe space for your dog to retreat to when a storm or noisy event is taking place such as a room with no windows or in the basement.
Provide a familiar distraction, such as your dog’s favorite toy, to help your pet relax during storms or firework displays.
Try desensitizing your dog to the sound of thunder over time by playing thunder recordings at a low, non-frightening level and slowly increasing the volume over time.
Show affection and give reassurance by slowly and steadily petting your dog from head to toe while speaking in a calm voice during a noisy event.
For some dogs, the above recommendations won’t be enough to ease or rid them of their anxiety. If you find yourselves in that position, definitely consult with your pet’s veterinarian and get an assessment to find out if medication is warranted for your pet.
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Flovent (Fluticasone propionate): Inhaled Steroid for Dogs and Cats with Asthma, Bronchitis, and Other Obstructive Airway Diseases
Like humans, many dogs and cats suffer from airway diseases of the lungs. Several examples of this include: chronic bronchitis in dogs and cats, feline asthma, and tracheal collapse in canines. Common signs of airway disease are coughing, shortness of breath, and gagging. For short-term relief, Albuterol (ProAir, Proventil, Ventolin) is considered first line in managing symptoms. For long-term maintenance, corticosteroids (e.g. Flovent) are typically prescribed for daily use.
Flovent Inhalers for use with AeroKat and AeroDawg
Flovent (Fluticasone propionate) is currently available in 3 dosage options: 44 mcg, 110 mcg, and 220 mcg per actuation. Each inhaler contains 120 metered actuations and displays a dose counter to keep track of the number of remaining doses. A typical dosing for both cats and dogs is one puff twice a day. Your pet’s veterinarian will prescribe the appropriate inhaler(s) and dose.
Flovent and the AeroKat or AeroDawg:
Flovent must be administered with the use of a spacer and mask; such as the AeroDawg or AeroKat. The mask should be fitted snugly around the muzzle, including the corners of the mouth, and the dog or cat should breathe through the spacer for 7-10 seconds for each actuation. This technique allows for the medication to properly reach the lungs.
While rescue medications that contain Albuterol are used to treat acute symptoms of airway disease, inhaled corticosteroids like Flovent are used to help prevent symptoms from reoccurring. This is the reason why Albuterol products are indicated when patients are symptomatic and Flovent is recommended for daily use. Once therapy with Flovent is started, it usually takes 7-10 days for the full effect of the drug to be seen in the patient.
Long-term Flovent use is well tolerated since the inhaled steroid is absorbed into the lungs but not the bloodstream.
If a patient is prescribed the 44mcg twice daily dose, a single inhaler should last 60 days and runs $122.99, or $2.05/day. An additional 10% discount is also available for pet owners who choose to purchase an AeroDawg or AeroKat spacer with one of the above inhalers.
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The air passages between the nose and the lungs of any mammal are quite sensitive. The windpipe, trachea, and the larger air tubes that lead to the lungs are prone to minor irritations. When the problem lasts for more than a few days, it may result in an inflammatory reaction in the smaller interior airways of the lungs known as bronchitis. This condition can be difficult to relieve and may result in several months of incessant coughing if left untreated.
Acute vs. Chronic Bronchitis in Dogs
The less serious type of bronchitis generally follows a viral infection, such as a cold or the flu and is relatively common during the colder months. Patients typically suffer from an unpleasant and persistent cough for about two weeks before the symptoms subside. By comparison, chronic bronchitis may be an early warning sign of a much more serious lung disease that must be treated as soon as possible.
Which Dogs are at Risk of Suffering from Bronchitis?
Just like their masters, dogs can suffer from either form of bronchitis. More often than not, the acute condition will resolve itself within a couple of weeks. But if your dog continues to cough for more than a month, see the veterinarian as soon as possible. The longer you wait the harder and longer it will take to treat the ailment.
Because their immune systems are either immature or too mature, puppies and older dogs are more susceptible to bronchitis than middle-aged pets. Although some cases are exacerbated by infectious agents or by common kennel cough, they rarely play a role, except in chronic cases that last for several months without treatment.
Symptoms of Chronic Bronchitis in Dogs
It is not at all uncommon for domesticated animals to cough or gag, but when they have bouts of coughing that are triggered by excitement or activity, it may mean that their airways are severely irritated. The more serious the sickness the more your pouch will cough and gag and expectorate as a way to clear the throat and lungs. Your dog’s appetite should not be affected and his weight should therefore remain unchanged.
Complications of Chronic Bronchitis in Dogs
When chronic bronchitis is left unaddressed, it may permanently damage the lungs and even increase the risk of congestive heart failure. The most common result of chronic coughing is called emphysema, which is when the air sacs inside the lungs (also known as the alveoli) are enlarged, which can cause shortness of breath in our canine friends.
Treatment of Canine Chronic Bronchitis at Home
Whether we walk on two legs or four, most animals get sore throats from time to time. And when we do, we tend to avoid dishes that may aggravate our symptoms, such as spicy foods. An animal suffering from bronchitis can be sent into a coughing fit if anything irritates or tickles the throat or lungs. This includes environmental agents, pollutants, dust, and cigarette smoke. While exercise is important and can actually expedite the healing process, don’t overdo it!
If your dog is overweight, he or she should be put on a diet, since excess pounds puts more pressure on the windpipe and lungs and makes it harder to breathe! It is also important to switch from a collar to a chest harness for the very same reason. A humidifier may also help soothe your dog’s irritated airways.
Medical Treatment of Chronic Bronchitis in Dogs
Whether the problem is an acute or a chronic one, your veterinarian may prescribe medications to reduce bronchial inflammation. If your pouch responds positively to these drugs, he or she may be placed on a bronchodilator, such as albuterol, which can help relax inflamed airways and reduce respiratory strain. This class of drugs can be quite beneficial to dogs suffering from retching, wheezing, and other airway spasms.
Flovent HFA (fluticasone) given with an AeroDawg Inhalation Chamber for Chronic Bronchitis in Dogs
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The most effective way to fight a lung problem is with an inhaler, which is used to deliver a straight shot of a steroid directly into the lungs. Prescribed to humans for both asthma and chronic bronchitis sufferers, it is also effective on our pets. But because it can be expensive, veterinarians often exhaust every other option before they prescribe Flovent. The drug is typically administered twice a day via an inhalation chamber called an AeroDawg and may be taken in conjunction with an antibiotic, depending on the severity of the disease. Your dog’s veterinarian may also prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs called corticosteroids that reduce swelling in the lungs and airways. Both treatments have their fair share of side effects but are typically quite safe.
Has your dog needed to use an inhaler and AeroDawg. Please share your experiences in the comments section below so we all can learn how to help dogs with chronic bronchitis.