Theophylline For Dogs With Asthma

This page details the usage of theophylline for dogs suffering with asthma. Information such as dosages and side effects are contained within this article.

Theophylline is a bronchodilator used by veterinarians to control several illnesses including congestive heart failure and asthmatic bronchitis in pets. The medicine works by relaxing the smooth muscle surrounding the windpipe leading to easier breathing for animals suffering asthmatic reactions.

Theophylline dosage for dogs

Theophylline for dogs is commonly dosed between 4.5 to 6.8 mg per pound to be administered every 12 hours. Consult with a vet prior to use to decide which dosage is right for your dog. If the dosage is too high, your dog may suffer with gastric upset (for example diarrhea and vomiting), consult with your vet if such problems arise and he/she may be able to adjust the dosage accordingly. Never alter the dosage yourself.

Is theophylline safe for dogs?

Theophylline is safe for use in dogs for whom the medication is necessary. Used under veterinary guidance with a professional diagnosis of asthma, the drug is very safe. You should never attempt to perform a diagnosis yourself or administer the drug without professional guidance as this may prove dangerous if your dog does not have a need for the medication.

Safety precautions

  • Seek veterinary approval before using this drug
  • Disclose all known illnesses your dog is suffering with
  • Practice extra caution in dogs suffering with stomach ulcers, epilepsy, troubles with heart rhythm, hypothyroidism, fluid in the lungs, kidney disease and liver disease
  • Notify the vet if your dog is pregnant or lactating

As mentioned above, disclose all known diseases which your dog suffers with to your vet prior to use, and never use without veterinary approval to do so. He/she will be able to decide whether this drug is the most suitable choice to control your dog’s asthma. Be careful not to administer an overdose of this drug, as overdose symptoms can be very serious, leading to tremors, seizures and an uneven heartbeat. If you suspect an overdose, seek emergency veterinary help before the symptoms have a chance to progress.

Uses of theophylline for dogs

Theophylline is most commonly employed for effective treatment of conditions such as:

  • Asthma
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Side effects

The most notable side effects include irritation of the stomach and excitement of the nervous system. Other side effects which can often be controlled by careful adjustment of the dosage includes vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate and skin rashes.

Wikipedia article for general information about theophylline

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