Overview

A Brief History of Aerosol Medications Aerosol medications delivered by Metered Dose Inhalers or puffers have been used to treat human respiratory conditions since the 1960s.  Because respiratory diseases in dogs imitate human conditions, they can be treated in a similar way.1
Conditions, like chronic bronchitis, have traditionally been treated with either oral or injected medications – often with many negative side-effects.  Aerosol medications allow for the delivery of medication deep into the lungs – acting quickly and with fewer side-effects.1
AeroDawg* Canine Aerosol Chamber
The AeroDawg* Canine Aerosol Chamber (CAC) is designed to be used with a metered dose inhaler (puffer) as recommended by a veterinarian to deliver aerosol medication to dogs with respiratory diseases such as chronic bronchitis, laryngeal paralysis or tracheal collapse.
When the AeroDawg* CAC is attached to the puffer it allows your dog to breathe normally and inhale the aerosol medication so that the medication goes deep into your dogs’ lungs where it is needed.
Revolutionary
Using the Flow-Vu* Indicator takes the guesswork out of using your dog’s puffer medication. The Flow-Vu* Indicator will help you count the number of breaths your dog has taken through the chamber and may help to ensure there is a satisfactory seal between the muzzle and the mask, to optimize the delivery of the medication.
As your dog inhales, the bright green Flow-Vu* Indicator will flutter or move towards the dog (if you have a good facemask seal).  When the dog stops inhaling or exhales, the indicator will return to the vertical position.
The ideal time to activate the puffer is when your pet starts to inhale and the Flow-Vu* Indicator is moving horizontally towards them.
Chronic Bronchitis
Chronic Bronchitis is one of the most common respiratory diseases in dogs2, but it may be difficult to diagnose as it can mimic many other diseases. Symptoms occur because of inflammation in the airways, resulting in chronic cough and exercise intolerance.  Common signs of chronic bronchitis include daily coughing, gagging or swallowing after the cough, difficulty breathing or wheezing for 2-3 months or longer.
Your veterinarian is the best person to speak to about your dog’s condition.
1 Padrid PA. Use of Inhaled Medications to Treat Respiratory Diseases in Dogs and Cats. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 2006;42:165-169. 2 Padrid PA. Diagnosis and Therapy of Canine Chronic Bronchitis. Bonaguara JD, Kirk RW. Current Veterinary Therapy XII. Saunders Co Philadelphia 1995. pp 908-915

Instructions

  1. Silicone Masks
    2 sizes for all breeds and sizes of dogs
  2. Flow-Vu* Indicator
    Helps confirm your pet is receiving the medication they need
  3. Universal Backpiece
    Compatible with all commonly prescribed puffers
  4. StatBan* Anti-Static Chamber
    Minimizes static charge for consistent drug delivery
Using Your AeroDawg* Canine Aerosol Chamber
How to use our AeroDawg* Canine Aerosol ChamberA short ‘How to Use’ video demonstrating the proper use of a puffer with our chamber.
Video Length:  0:38 min

Take the cap off the puffer.
Insert the puffer into the Backpiece of the chamber and shake both for 5 seconds.
Gently apply the mask to the muzzle and ensure an effective seal.
Use the Flow-Vu* Indicator to know when to release the medication into the chamber.
Activate the puffer to release the medication when the Flow-Vu* Indicator is moving horizontally toward your dog and hold the mask in place for another 3-5 breaths.  Only release one puff of medication into the chamber at a time.
Follow your veterinarians instructions for the number of puffs and how long to wait between puffs.
Product Instructions
Complete instructions for use and care of your AeroDawg* CAC.

Testimonials

Lizzie’s BlogRead an account of how Lizzie and her owner were able to turn her health around in just 6 short months of treatment using the AeroDawg* CAC.
Click here to read the whole story.

 

Customer Testimonials
"I got the AeroDawg as a last effort before putting my five year old dog down. I didn’t know if it would work, but I was willing to try it just to keep her a little longer. She can breathe again, and I just wanted to thank you for making this product. If we don’t remember to give her the AeroDawg she will go sit under the shelf where we keep it until she gets it. Thanks from my dog Penelope and me!" "
Hannah

Hannah and Penelope using the AerDawg “I just wanted to let you know that he has been to the vet recently and he reported that Bullet’s breathing and heart were in excellent condition for a 7 year old Yorkie. He commented that the Flovent treatments were remarkable and attributed the dog’s good health to using the medication with the AeroDawg. The vet said, barring other illness, that Bullet could easily live another 10 years. Thanks to the AeroDawg we will have Bullet around for many years to come."
Susan

“My partner Philip has just invested in the AeroDawg canine aerosol chamber, as our pet dog called Sydney has Chronic bronchitis.  Prior to this, we had given Sydney steroid tablets and other medicines but after time failed to help him after being on them, but after only the first time in using the aerosol chamber we have seen the difference in Sydney...We are very happy that Sydney seems to be a lot more at peace.”
Clare & Philip

“I have just used the AeroDawg inhaler on my sheltie for the first time ever and though [sic] I would let everyone know how amazing it is.”
Suzy

"The AeroDawg is amazing. My Miniature Schnauzer doesn't mind it all all, and because he is now able to use Flovent in the AeroDawg, he is doing much better."
Cindy

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Note: The opinions expressed in these testimonials are those of the author only.  They do not reflect those of TMI.  The testimonials are for informational purposes only.  Always consult a Veterinarian before treating your dog with a puffer and AeroDawg* Canine Aerosol Chamber.

Veterinarians


Veterinary Professionals Aerosol Drug Delivery for Canine Chronic Bronchitis
Inhaled corticosteroids are the first line of defense in the treatment of canine respiratory disease.  They help control airway inflammation and prevent reoccurrences.
Inhaled bronchodilators may be used as needed for dogs already on daily steroids if they are experiencing increased cough, wheeze or increased respiratory rate and effort at rest.
dosing strategies for Using Inhaled Medication to Treat Canine Respiratory Diseases
Developed by Dr. Philip Padirid
Inhaled Corticosteriods Dosage Notes
  • Flovent HFA Metered Dose Inhaler (Fluticasone Propionate) - 100 µg, 220 µg
  • Dogs < 20kg: 1 actuation - 110 µg (125 µg in Canada) twice daily with AeroDawg* CAC.
  • Dogs > 20kg: 1 actuation - 220 µg (250 µg in Canada) twice daily with AeroDawg* CAC.
  • This treatment is usually required on a daily basis to minimize symptoms and airway inflammation that is the cause of the chronic symptoms.
  • The Flovent HFA canister typically holds enough drug for 120 actuations.  This is sufficient to treat one patient for two months when the administered dose is 1 puff BID.
  • Since inhaled corticosteroids take 7 to 10 days to reach full effect, dogs who are newly diagnosed with respiratory diseases may be given oral corticosteroids at the same time Flovent HFA is initiated, and over the next 2 to 3 weeks, oral drug administration may be tapered off.
  • Dogs that are currently on oral corticosteroids should be weaned off their oral medication over a 2 to 3 week period once the Flovent HFA treatment is started.
Inhaled Bronchodilators Dosage Notes
  • Albuterol Metered Dose Inhaler
  • Available through different manufacturers (eg. Ventolin, Proventil)
  • Single uniform strength - 90 µg/actuation
  • If required, use once daily prior to administering Flovent HFA or as needed for acute coughing and wheezing.
  • In emergencies, albuterol can often be used q 30 minutes for up to 4 to 6 hours without serious side effects.
  • Provides rapid relaxation of bronchoconstriction (usually within 1 to 5 minutes)
Adapted from:  Philip Padrid, DVM.  Use of Inhaled Medications to Treat Respiratory Disease in Dogs and Cats.  Journal of the American Hospital Association  2006;42:165-169
The goal of therapy with the AeroDawg* CAC is to reverse airflow obstruction (typically using bronchodilators) and control inflammation (typically using corticosteroids) in dogs. Once stabilized, a maintenance program can be implemented.
Therapeutic aerosol administration using puffers can generally be easily and efficiently completed within about five minutes.
Aerosol Therapy in Dogs and Cats
The use of aerosol therapy continues to grow. Click here to review an article by Dr. Rozanski which reviews procedures and commonly used medications.
Abstracts Use of Inhaled Medications to Treat Respiratory Diseases in Dogs and Cats
Noninfectious disorders of the respiratory tract, including laryngitis, tracheitis, bronchitis, and asthma are common problems in dogs and cats. Traditional therapies have often included corticosteroids and bronchodilators given by mouth or injection. Side effects of this form of treatment can be severe and can result in cessation of therapy. Inhaled corticosteroid drugs are not as absorbed into the systemic circulation, do not result in significant side effects, and are now the standard of care for dogs and cats with respiratory diseases that would otherwise be treated with systemic medications.
Philip Padrid, DVM.  Use of Inhaled Medications to Treat Respiratory Diseases in Dogs and Cats.  J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2006; 42:165-169.
Management of 13 cases of canine respiratory disease using inhaled corticosteroids
Objectives: To determine the value of inhaled corticosteroids in the management of chronic inflammatory airway disease in dogs. Methods: Medical records of dogs that were presented for the investigation of respiratory disease were reviewed retrospectively. Criteria for inclusion were knowledge of previous medical treatment including side effects, diagnosis of the underlying disease, use of inhaled corticosteroids and at least two-months follow-up data.
Results: Thirteen dogs that fulfilled the criteria were identified. Ten dogs were diagnosed with chronic bronchitis and three with eosinophilic bronchopneumopathy. Four dogs had not previously received corticosteroid treatment for their respiratory disease, and all these showed a reduction or a resolution of clinical signs without obvious side effects after inhaled corticosteroid therapy. Nine dogs had previously received oral or parenteral corticosteroids for treatment of their respiratory disease and all had exhibited side effects. Five of these dogs were treated with inhaled corticosteroids alone, an all exhibited an improvement in clinical signs without observable side effects. The remaining four dogs were treated with a combination of inhaled and oral corticosteroids, and all showed improvement in clinical signs and reduction in side effects. Inhaled medication was well tolerated in all dogs.Clinical significance: Inhaled corticosteroids were used for the management of chronic bronchitis and eosinophilic bronchopneumopathy in 13 dogs, and these may have the advantage of reducing side effects associated with oral corticosteroids.
Bexfield NG, Foale RD, Davison LJ, Watson PJ, Skelly BJ, Herrtage ME.  Management of 13 cases of canine respiratory disease using inhaled corticosteroids.  Journal of Small Animal Practice. 2006; 47: 377-382.
ANIMAL HEALTH STUDY SUMMARY
This study summary includes some of the more recent and relevant studies on the use of inhaled medication to treat respiratory disease in small animals.


Product Literature

Lizzie’s BlogRead an account of how Lizzie and her owner were able to turn her health around in just 6 short months of treatment using the AeroDawg* CAC.
Click here to read the whole story.

 

AeroDawg* Canine Aerosol Chamber Literature Product Information Brochure
Designed to help your patients feel more comfortable with their new device.  Frequently Asked Questions, product features and our easy-to-use instructions are reviewed.

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Dosing Sheet
Guidelines for using inhaled medication to treat canine respiratory diseases. Adapted from a published study in the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association by Dr. Phillip Padrid.

frequently asked questions
Answers to some of the most common questions we get about the AeroDawg* EAC.
ANIMAL HEALTH STUDY SUMMARY
This study summary includes some of the more recent and relevant studies on the use of inhaled medication to treat respiratory disease in small animals.


Animals Have Asthma Too! Poster
Consumer focused poster that features all three varieties of chamber to help pet owners understand that their animals need help to Breathe Easier.  Finished size is 24” x 33”.

Further Reading Articles and abstracts pertaining to aerosol drug delivery in canines with respiratory disease.
The management of suspected allergic airway diseases in dogs
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