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FELINE ASTHMA THERAPY
INHALED BRONCHODILATOR

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.

Indications
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)

Potential Side Effects
1. Musculoskeletal twitchiness
2. Excitability, insomnia, anorexia
THESE SIDE EFFECTS IN CATS ARE VERY VERY UNCOMMON!

Potentional Problems
1. This drug is very safe-with profound overdose (cat chews canninster) there are reported problems with potassium regulation-I have never seen this.

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


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Each cat is an individual and what works for one may not work for another. Please do not undertake any treatment regimen without the assistance of a veterinarian.


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