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Old 02-22-2016, 02:07 PM
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Causes of Asthma (allergic bronchitis)

Hi! I am having a very difficult time to find out what could be the allergens/asthmatic trigger for my dog in my apartment.
My dog is a 13 years old Cairn Terrier. She developed a really bad asthma in the beginning of December 2015, she is constantly having shortness of breath, hacking cough, wheezing, snowring (not when she is sleeping), open-mouth breathing and lethargy, she is having difficulties to rest anytime of the day.
Otherwise she is a healthy dog, no nasal discharge or blood, great appetite, no weight loss, good blood results.

I went to the vet several times, both doctors were telling me she must have some kind of nasal tumours and offered me very expensive checkups like endoscope (examination under the microscope by a pathologist) and prescribed her Meloxicam anti-inflammatory medication which did not help at all and after 10 days I stopped giving it to her. They still tried to convince me I should give it to her for longer period of time and do regular monthly blood-work/checkups for her liver and kidneys (which obviously would have been a good income for them). Honestly I didn't see they were helping at all, and stopped going to visit the vets.
So please don't tell me to visit a vet! Thanks!

I wanted to eliminate out if t's an allergy problem or not and I took my dog to my father's place which is still in Toronto, but not located in the downtown area, where I live. She got better right away and after a few days almost stopped having any breathing problems in his apartment, only when she walks outside still gasping a little-bit.

This made me realized it's definitely an allergy problem and something causing it to her in my apartment or maybe the downtown air-polution(?).
I tried several allergy medications (antihistamines) none of them worked.
I also bought two hepa air-purifiers which helps quite a bit, but still not enough, especially at nights. When it's too hot in the apartment making her panting heavily, but if I open the windows the fresh air causing her asthma attacks and I have to close them. Very frustrating!

So far it seems the only option is to move from my place, but unfortunately I can't do that and I am desperately trying to figure it out what could be the asthmatic triggers at my apartment.

So far this is my assumptions list (what I have at my place and not at my father's place), any thoughts?
1. Laminate flooring.
2. Feather pillows
3. Heating system with hot water, electrical at my dad's place
4. Could be mold exposure and I don't know about it, but my apartment is really dry, always need to use a humidifier, and I think it is impossible to prove that a building or room is in compliance.
5. Plants.
(I don't smoke and I don't use detergents for my floor cleaning)

If you had any similar experience with your dog or you know more about what are the most allergen triggers, please help, I would really appreciate it!

Thanks!!

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You said it started in December. Did you have a real Christmas tree or wreath by chance?
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No, I didn't, but I have a Norfolk Island Pine tree in my living room, do you think that could cause allergy? Thanks!
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does your dog sleep on feather pillows because its not reccomend to use them for asthmatics( i have asthma myself) id def get rid of the suspected plant to see what happens
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That's exactly what I have done today, I gave away all my plants and put all my feather pillows to my locker room. She was always sleeping on big feather pillows.
Will see what happens, if she won't get better, I will take off the laminate floor as well because I heard it may be the adhesive (Formaldehyde) they use on the laminated floors. Thanks a lot for the reply!
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