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Feline asthma

Feline asthma

Suffering from asthma doesn’t stop Stan living life to the max in his home town of Glasgow.

Voted third bravest pet in the Glasgow Brave Pet Awards 2014, six-year-old Stan, a Snow Bengal, is certainly no scaredy-cat. ‘He’s the most affectionate, cheeky little cat,’ laughs his owner, June Leckie.

But last year he was rushed to the vet when June noticed that he was struggling to breathe. ‘Stan always had a cough,’ says June. ‘However, one Friday last July, he kept sneezing. By the Sunday he could hardly breathe.’ The initial thoughts at hospital were that a foreign object was blocking Stan’s airways. When nothing was discovered, he had further tests that revealed he was suffering from feline asthma.

Following nine days in hospital for treatment, Stan was finally returned home to an anxious but grateful June. ‘It was an awful time. I was constantly worried that he wasn’t going to make it. But he’s a true soldier.’ A few months later, Stan was back to his busy life of playing outside and chasing mice. ‘Since his treatment, Stan has been like a different cat – so much more affectionate,’ says June. ‘It’s wonderful to see him this happy!’ Although there’s no cure for feline asthma, many cats lead a normal life with the use of special inhalers and nebulisers. ‘Stan has to use an inhaler twice a day, every day for the rest of his life,’ explains June.

Getting Stan to accept the inhaler was a challenge itself. ‘It took a few weeks, but with a lot of patience and perseverance, Stan now takes it with no problems. We introduced the inhaler as a toy at first, to get him used to seeing it. Patience is definitely the key!’ In its mild form, feline asthma can go undiagnosed for years. As June says: ‘You never know what’s going to happen when you own a pet. Having Petplan Covered For Life® insurance offered us great peace of mind during the whole process. Petplan covered all the upfront treatment costs and hospital stay, and his ongoing treatment costs are covered, too. I can’t thank Petplan enough.’