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Overview: Feline Asthma

Feline Asthma is a disease where lung tissues easily become irritated and inflamed, reducing lung function. This section covers:

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Feline Asthma Diagnosis

This page describes some of the steps veterinarians use to diagnose feline asthma, alternately called chronic bronchitis. Other pages in this section describe feline asthma and identify common symptoms. 


What Proves It's Asthma?

There is no single test for feline asthma. To achieve this diagnosis, the veterinarian must first rule out other diseases which cause similar symptoms to asthma, then look for multiple pieces of evidence that form a clinical diagnosis. If the cat is in distress, the vet will have to do what diagnostic tests they can at the same time as treatment to relieve the symptoms.

It is important to make an accurate diagnosis. Some of the diseases which mimic asthma's symptoms are:

  • Heart disease
  • Heartworm
  • Lungworm
  • Respiratory infection
  • Leukemia

The Mar Vista Vet hospital site has an excellent description of some of the steps used to diagnose feline asthma. Again, it is elimination of other diseases and collection of enough evidence to suggest asthma, that provides the diagnosis:

  • More easily diagnosed diseases are eliminated
  • Cat shows several of the classic symptoms
  • X-rays may exhibit 'donuts' or 'tramlines'
  • Tracheal wash may show a high count of eosinophil immune cells
  • Symptoms clear up in response to corticosteroids and bronchodilators 

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