What is nebulization?
Nebulization is the delivery of a fine mist to the lungs. In some cases, this fine mist may consist of saline or water only. Saline or water adds moisture to the lungs, which can help loosen secretions. In other cases, nebulization may be used to deliver medications directly to the lung tissues. Commonly nebulized medications include anti-inflammatories (such as steroids, which are used in the treatment of allergic airway disease), bronchodilators (which increase the diameter of the airways, allowing air to be moved more easily through the lung), and antibiotics (used in cases of infection).
Coupage is a technique that can be performed by veterinary staff and pet owners to help clear secretions from the lungs. Coupage is performed by striking the chest gently but firmly with cupped hands. This action helps loosen secretions trapped in the lower airways, allowing them to be more effectively cleared by coughing.
How to prepare pet nebulizer treatment
Nose Drops for Cats and Dogs
Upper respiratory infection (URI) causes animals not to breathe through the nose. Effective therapy for upper respiratory infections in the nasal sinus takes a step to allow “nose breathing” while inhaling. Nebulization for dogs and cats works best if animals can breathe through their nose, getting to the source of the problem.