Sometimes dogs and cats run into some pretty nasty health problems. As a responsible pet owner, you want your dog or cat to always be comfortable, healthy, and living their best life right?

You take your furball to the vet, they run some tests, diagnose the problem, and – most of the time – provide a solution.

Typically that solution consists of either surgery, a diet change, or a prescription of some sort right?

But what if there was another way that you could try first, before resorting to prescription drugs or some traumatizing surgery?

What if there was a way you could heal your animal, or treat their condition, in the most natural way possible?

There is.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I am no vet. I have no formal education in this area. I am a pet owner myself, just an animal lover and a healthy nut vegan.

And so because of this, I like to research and I prefer to pursue the healthiest most natural options for health conditions – and that goes for me and my animals. Why? Here’s my cat’s short story:

I cried and held her. I thought, “This is all my fault.”

My 4-year-old cat Oakley was heaving constantly. She had done this for the past several years. She threw up occasionally in these heaving fits she had, but typically, she would just crouch there heaving, and nothing came out.

It sounded like she was choking or that she maybe had a hairball that just wouldn’t come out. So I chalked it up to hairballs, and gave her all the hairball remedies, switched her food to hairball food, etc, etc.

The heaving continued. It would happen multiple times a day. I got so used to hearing it throughout the night, I would immediately hop out of deep sleep to grab her and place her on the tile, thinking she was going to vomit.

I was afraid to take her to the vet. See, Oakley isn’t the healthiest cat. She is just naturally prone to health problems because of her genetics. Her body doesn’t react well to certain litters, food, medicines, vaccines, you name it.

The first time I had Oakley vaccinated after I adopted her, she had a severe reaction and almost died. It was horrifying. So you can imagine my hesitation to take my cat to the vet right?

Here’s a picture of my sassy angel:

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Her heaving went on for so long, even after I made all those changes, I finally decided to take her into the vet.

Come to find out she has a condition called Feline Chronic Asthma.

So what I thought was heaving, was actually her coughing, hacking really, and sometimes she would cough so hard that she would throw up. So it all added up- it all made sense now.

The poor thing!

The vet told me that the only treatment for this condition was by either daily oral steroids or by coming in every 3 months for a steroid shot– for the rest of her life.

The side effects of this “treatment”?

  • Eventual kidney and liver failure
  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), which occur in up to 30% of patients.
  • Development of thin skin, blackheads, and a poor or thin hair coat
  • Poor wound healing ability
  • Development of obesity due to increased hunger
  • Muscle weakness secondary to protein catabolism (breakdown)
  • Development of hard plaques or spots on the skin called calcinosis cutis. These plaques are the result of calcium deposition in the skin.
  • Susceptibility to opportunistic or secondary bacterial infections and/or fungal infections (especially of the nasal cavity) due to a weakened immune system
  • Predisposition to diabetes mellitus

Okay great, so you’re telling me that my cat will have a shorter life span, and will actually develop more health problems that will kill her over time, in order to treat one health problem?

I cried and held her. I thought, “This is all my fault.” I thought I was a bad mom for not getting her checked out sooner.

Never think that.

Healing Asthma Naturally in Cats & Dogs

I went home crying and apologizing to my kitty-kat, telling her how sorry I am and that it will all be okay. Because I am that lady who apologizes profusely to her cat, that probably has no idea what is going on!

I spent the next several days walking past that bottle of oral steroids, never actually making a move to give it to my cat. Thinking that there had to be a better way.

A friend told me about a man she met a long time ago, a vet in Idaho who doesn’t use any prescription drugs on any of his patients– he only uses herbal medicine.

So naturally, I thought, “This is right up a vegan hippie’s alleyway!”.

So I jumped right onto this vet’s website, checked out all his products, his reviews– everything this man stood for right? I found doc’s herbal tincture called “AZMA” that supposedly was supposed to help cats and dogs, and even humans, with chronic Asthma.

I then decided to give Doc a call to ask him about “AZMA“. You know what he told me?

He told me that he has been using “AZMA” on his asthmatic cat patients for over 15 years now and that he has seen nothing but success.

I teared up with relief when I heard this. I ordered that “AZMA” tincture for Oakley and started her on it as soon as it was delivered. After about a few days to a week, as long as I consistently gave the medicine to her daily, Oakley’s coughing stopped.

This was December of 2018 when I started Oakley on this herbal tincture.

She hasn’t coughed a day since.

This was December of 2018 when I started Oakley on this herbal tincture.
She hasn’t coughed a day since.

How Does “AZMA” Work?

I give Oakley about 5 drops of the Homegrown Herbalist “AZMA” tincture in her wet food every night. It’s easy- it doesn’t take much at all. And the bottle wasn’t even expensive- $20 for a 2oz bottle to be exact.

Of course, the dosage will vary depending on the weight of course.

What is it? Here’s a picture of my own bottle:

Initially, I tried to give the medicine to Oakley orally with a syringe, diluted with water. But there’s something about cats and shoving things down their throats that they don’t like…

So I found it easier to just hide its flavor in her stinky tuna. She loves it.

Let me also add that I am not being paid to promote this product. I am not selling anything to you, nor do I know the Doc personally.

I am writing about this so that I can share it with others who’s pets struggle with Chronic Asthma. Maybe your pet was just diagnosed, and you are not exactly into the idea of giving them steroids for the rest of their life.

Maybe you are giving the steroids to your animal because you didn’t think there was another way, and because you obviously love your pet and don’t want him/her to struggle.

Maybe you don’t even know if your pet has asthma for sure, and you are just here on Google to learn more about pet asthma.

I am simply here because I have been filled with passion for this tincture. Because I have a strong desire to heal myself and my animals naturally if it can be done.

I am here, strongly recommending this product, and I am writing about it because I do feel it has saved my cat’s life and given her years back to her life that she would’ve lost, should I have given her those steroids.

And think of it this way- you don’t even have to try “AZMA“. Perhaps you can use “AZMA” as a guide to try creating your own herbal mixture or tincture for your animal’s asthma. That’s great too!

I am simply here to share with you that there is another way. There are natural alternatives to prescriptions and steroids– my cat is living proof of that.

And hey, so am I (but that’s a story for another time).

And I strongly encourage you to try “AZMA” or any of Homegrown Herbalist’s herbal medicines. OR to do research to find the best natural alternatives for your, or your animal’s situation.

Until next time,

Namaste ༂


Here’s some more pictures of my Oakley, in case anyone needs their daily dose of cuteness:

Healing Chronic Asthma Naturally in Cats and Dogs oakley leah roberts writing
Healing Chronic Asthma Naturally in Cats and Dogs oakley leah roberts writing
Healing Chronic Asthma Naturally in Cats and Dogs oakley leah roberts writing