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Is your cat suffering from asthma?

(This is the final part in an 8-part series on overweight pets from the desk of the Dynavyte Vet.)

Obesity in cats makes them more susceptible to asthma. Asthma is a disease of the immune system and expressed through the lungs and breathing.

Cats may hunch lower to the floor with neck and head extended forward to try to clear mucus and make it easier to breathe. They may also show coughing, sneezing, and vomiting in extreme cases.

Stress and/or allergies may bring on attacks.

Cats with asthma should get proper management and treatment for a lifelong condition for which there is no cure.

However Dynavyte Pets may help as it contains the active probiotic Bacillus subtilis (Natto)

Importantly, feeding probiotics influences the lungs with chemical talk between the bacteria of the gut and the lungs.

Bacillus subtilis (Natto) has also been shown in clinical trials to decrease the incidence of respiratory tract infections in children and seniors.

More specifically, a combination of Bacillus subtilis (Natto) and Ascophyllum nodosum ( which are combined in Dynavyte Pets) seemed to decrease the development of asthma in a study on mice in 2015.

Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4319839/

As well, Nattokinase produced by Bacillus subtilis (Natto) was found in a 2017 study to breakdown the thickness of the mucus in asthma patients.

Link:https://www.researchgate.net/publication/315833034_Nattokinase_profibrinolytic_enzyme_effectively_shrinks_the_nasal_polyp_tissue_and_decreases_viscosity_of_mucus

As can be seen in this series on obesity it is prudent to limit weight gain in pets to reduce disease. Assessing your dog or cat changes in weight is a great basis to observe changes when you see your pet day in day out.

A study in 2019 found that measuring the girth of the chest and the girth of the abdomen was a great method to keep a track of your dogs’ weight.

Use a measuring tape and measure and take the largest measurement from under the chest to over the back. To measure the abdomen measure just in front of the back legs.

Remember to record measurements in a diary to keep a track of any increase or decrease. You may use these records for your visits to the vet.

Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5370561/

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