DRUG: Albuterol (Proventil®, Ventolin®)
DOSE: Only comes in one dose
Why Use Albuterol?
1. It is more rapidly acting than the oral or injected form of Terbutaline.
2. It is more effective than the Theophylline compounds.
Asthma in cats
1. Maybe be used daily or as needed for asthmatic cat already on daily
steroids if there is increased cough, wheeze or increased respiratory
rate and effort at rest
2. Usually used only as needed for cats with intermittent signs of asthma
(not daily signs)
2. Excitability, insomnia, anorexia
THESE SIDE EFFECTS IN CATS ARE VERY VERY UNCOMMON!
1. This drug is very safe-with profound overdose (cat chews canninster)
there are reported problems with potassium regulation-I have never seen
How to Use
1. Rx the drug as
the generic (Albuterol MDI) - two puffs into spacer BID
2. Cat should breathe the drug through the mask and spacer for 7-10 seconds.
3. Positive clinical effect should be seen within 5-10 minutes.
4. Can be used every ½ hr for 2-4 hrs as needed in crisis