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Protecting Your Lungs for Respiratory Care Week

Respiratory Care Week

For Respiratory Care Week and Lung Cancer Awareness Month, we’re focusing on some asthma education.

How well do you know your asthma? Find out now.

The treatment of asthma dates back to ancient civilizations. Learn about the disease throughout the ages.

Your lifestyle, including your diet and activity, can help or hurt your asthma. Learn about what you can do.

You can keep track of the air quality to protect your lungs with the Air Quality Index.

There’s an app for everything, including your asthma and allergies. Find one that helps you.

Asthma doesn’t have to slow you down. Learn more about being athletic despite lung issues.

Your pets can have trouble breathing too. Look for signs that they need a trip to the vet.

Your Pets and Asthma

Your Pets’ Breathing

You’re not the only one who sometimes has trouble breathing, your pets do too. Cats, dogs, and even horses can have a hard time catching their breath.

It might sound strange, but their triggers and symptoms look a lot like yours:

Pets Triggers

  • Smoke
  • Cleaning products
  • Dust (in the house, litter, or barn)
  • Trees, grass, and mold

Pets Flare-ups

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Panting

62% of American households have pets. 95.6 million people own cats, and 83.3 million have dogs. And just like you, staying away from triggers and taking meds can help control animals’ breathing problems.

“We manage your pet’s triggers and use all the same human drugs to treat them, and that really helps,” says Dr. Brendan McKiernan, a board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist and University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital director. He’s practiced for more than 40 years and is known around the world for his work on cats’ and dogs’ breathing diseases.

If you notice your cat or dog is having trouble breathing, and it’s more than the occasional hairball, take your pet to the vet. If it’s serious, take them right away.

Even though you have things in common, don’t ever share your meds with your pets. Even though their troubles might look like yours, Dr. McKiernan says, “You have to be careful. It’s like a little 10-pound baby.” You can really hurt pets with too much medicine which could make them much sicker.