Just like with human asthma, feline asthma involves airway inflammation, bronchoconstriction, and airway hyperreactivity.
Clinical signs include acute onset of labored breathing, coughing, wheezing and lethargy.
Diagnosis of feline asthma is made via radiographs to evaluate the lungs, in conjunction with history and clinical signs.
Treatment of feline asthma involves management of airway inflammation with steroid therapy and/or bronchodilators. Hospitalization with oxygen therapy may be needed in severe cases.
Prognosis is variable, and the disease is not curable.