my cat patsy has asthma
. the first sign of it was a year ago this month when i took her into the emerg in the middle of the night because she was coughing constantly. anyway, they took an x-ray and diagnosed it as asthma. i was given a choice: a shot that should last her about three-four weeks that would give her immediate relief, or start her on pills that would take longer to kick in, but would last longer. i chose the shot as the poor baby was so miserable i wanted her to have relief right away. the shot gave us immediate results, and it lasted longer than three weeks - she didn't have a problem again until last week (so, it lasted a year).
last monday morning i took her in as the same thing was happening. they gave her the shot, kept her a few hours to monitor her, then i got to take her home with a prescription for prednisone (5 mg twice a day), plus theoyphyl (sp?) (1/2 a pill in the evenings as needed for laboured breathing). she was fine until last thursday evening, when i gave her the first dose of theoyphyl because she was coughing and heaving. then she was fine until sunday night through the night, when she started showing signs again - i gave her another 1/2 pill. i took her back in to the vet on monday morning. they kept her for the day, did xrays plus a full blood panel.
i have now been told her asthma is "significant", and that she might not get better - it will be a watch and wait thing. when i asked what could have triggered it, they said it could be a number of things, but that dust and/or odours are normally a huge factor. they advised me to switch to dust-free litter (which i did immediately!) and to eliminate any strong odours around her while we try to see if she'll get better. i now have her secluded in our guest room with a vapourizor going (the vet said that was fine, that the noise might scare her, but that it was worth a try - i bought a really quiet one!). i secluded her for a number of reasons - to let the vapourizor work better, to keep her quiet and resting (away from stairs - she's in there with a clean litter box, food, water, etc.), to keep my other two cats away from her while she's sick, etc.
i'm trying not to go in the room too much as she starts to purr as soon as she sees me, which in turn makes her cough. that's so hard, as i want to go in there and comfort her!!!!! i've been instructed to continue the prednisone twice a day, plus i'm to give her no more than 1/2 a pill a day of the theoyphyl (i gave it to her last nite and tonite).
my question is - does anyone else have advice out there as to how i can try to help her fight this? don't get me wrong... i'm a firm
believer in being humane (she's almost eleven), but i want to give her a chance first to see if she can fight it
. is there anything else i can do?
thanks, friends, from my beautiful girl and me!