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Asthma is in effect an allergic reaction to some airborne irritants and allergens, such as pollens, house dust, cigarette smoke, etc. The typical symptoms of canine asthma are coughing and wheezing.
Conventional treatment for asthma in dogs is using drugs such as steroids, bronchodilators and antihistamines to suppress the symptoms.
Since long-term use of medications such as steroids is not good for our dog's health, this page introduces some alternative natural home remedies for asthma in dogs.
Home remedies that can help a dog breathe better and strengthen the immune system include the use of herbs, essential oils, supplements, and homeopathic remedies.
There are a lot of good herbs that can be used to strengthen your dog's immune system. As well, there are herbs that provide relief to asthma symptoms such as coughing.
These herbs are safer to use than drugs such as steroids, so as an alternative, why not try them out?
Only Natural Pet Bronchial Wellness Herbal Formula
This herbal tincture contains useful herbs for dog ashtma such as mullein, marshmallow, licorice, etc. It is easy to administer and effective.
This herbal formula is effective in strengthening the immune system. It contains such immune-boosting herbs as astragalus and green tea, as well as numerous vitamins.
This is a Chinese herbal formula that supports breathing and maintains healthy mucous production. It is effective for respiratory issues such as asthma, coughs, and other respiratory difficulties.
Remember that humidity is important for dogs with asthma, since moisture can help clear mucous out of the dog's airway, thus lessening asthma symptoms.
If your dog has asthma, use a cold-mist humidifier if necessary to make sure that the air is not too dry.
To further help a dog breathe better, diffuse some essential oils into the air.
Add a few drops of cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana) and/or eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata) essential oils to a diffuser and let it run for 30 minutes or so. This can help open up the respiratory passages.
If your dog is stressed or agitated because he is wheezing or cannot breathe comfortably, try adding one or two drops of Roman Chamomile oil (Anthemis nobilis) or Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) to the diffuser as well. These two oils are calming and can relax your dog.
Homeopathic remedies are effective in treating dog asthma and they usually work rather fast to relieve symptoms of asthma.
If your dog is showing mild symptoms of asthma, and you want to help relieve his cough and shortness of breath, you may want to try this:
Obviously, for more serious symptoms, it is always advisable to seek veterinary assistance. If you opt for natural alternative treatment, consult a holistic vet.
These supplements are beneficial to the lungs in general: