Asthma

A reader of the newsletter, Healthy Animal Update, asked: Thanks for the newsletter. Any news on how to treat asthmatic felines? Other than steroid shots during very bad attacks? Have tired acupuncture but although it was well received by my cat it did not help in any way. Just looking for something better.

Mary, you have started down the journey of health exactly right. Try one thing then try another.
first, as always, is to feed a raw meat/pureed vegetable diet.
second, and especially true for asthmatic patients, is to avoid vaccines. If your cat is indoor and your holistic veterinarian is willing, try to avoid even the legally required Rabies vaccine (I usually recommend staying current on that for the legal reasons, though the protection for most animals is lifelong.).
Third, learn Reiki (offered so many places) or another deep energy healing modality (Healing touch for animals, quantum touch, reconnective therapy, etc). Offer Reiki daily to all the living beings in the house, then when there is an asthmatic crisis, offer it more often to this cat.
Fourth, move to a different modality, such as homeopathy may be the answer. See my article on selecting and working with a holistic vet to help guide you to a good healing partner. The following is about an asthmatic cat I was able to successfully help.
Isis, a Bengal cat, had chronic coughing since 6 weeks of age that was non-responsive to conventional treatment, yet in the face of this ill health her vaccines were continued. Six hours after getting her annual boosters at age 5, she had to be admitted to the hospital for oxygen with a severe asthma attack. With conventional treatment of 3-4 medications, she continued having asthmatic respiration with occasional hospitalizations for the next 2 years. Thuja, given carefully while she was withdrawn from drugs over one month, resolved the asthma problem and she had no conventional drugs, no asthmatic breathing and less coughing until she died at age 18. At age 10 her elderly guardian had to move into a nursing home. She lived alone in the house for a month while the neighbor fed her, then the neighbor’s mother (with several cats and dogs) adopted her. She managed that stress with no major problems. She was treated every 6 months or so to work at permanently curing her cough and a few minor skin issues. She had a rodent ulcer appear and disappear twice, then some skin issues, as the body worked through different remedies.
If the homeopath cannot help, then move to chiropractic, etc.
You can also work with an animal intuitive to determine what modalities may be best and who would be the best practitioner. Or learn to ask yes/no questions from the universe yourself.
Most importantly, keep a journal so you will know how the treatments are really affecting the cat.
and never stop trying!

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