Species affected: Cats
Background: An autoimmune condition of domestic cats in which the lungs become inflamed and fluid-filled. Predisposing factors often include poor-quality diets, inadequate vitamins or minerals, exposure to environmental pollution, household toxins such as carpeting, cleansers, tobacco smoke, or perfumes, excess drugs, pesticides or vaccines, obesity, parasites, lack of exercise or emotional stress.
Symptoms: Wheezing, coughing, dyspnea, sneezing, excess respiratory secretions and cyanosis in severe cases.
Diagnostics: Confirm with radiology or ultrasound of the chest, as well as blood tests.
Special Notes: Asthma is more common in smoggy cities and symptoms often correlate with a smog alert or a stressful event.
Principles for Supplementation: Natural treatment involves the use of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances as well as dietary and lifestyle changes.