The definitive treatment is to treat the primary cause, discontinue inhalation anesthesia, or provide adequate ventilation during anesthesia. Your veterinarian will begin by providing adequate ventilation into the air cells of the lungs. If your cat is anesthetized, your doctor will accomplish ventilation manually or mechanically with an anesthesia ventilator.
Non-anesthetized cats with severe pulmonary or central nervous system disease can be treated by mechanical ventilation with a critical care ventilator, but the cat may require heavy sedation for this treatment. Supplemental oxygen will be determined by the primary disease, since providing supplemental oxygen without providing ventilation generally will not correct hypercapnia.
Living and Management
Your doctor will assess the effectiveness of supportive (ventilation) and definitive treatment. This should result in a decrease in the respiratory effort. Arterial blood gas will be evaluated to determine improvement, and to assess the adequacy of your cat's ability to take in adequate amounts of free oxygen as needed.
The inside part or region of something
The area between the folds of the pleura; airtight
Pertaining to the lungs
Pertaining to the chest
The voice box; this is one part of the respiratory system
High body temperature
The muscle in the abdomen that aids in breathing
The protein that moves oxygen in the blood
The condition of having a part of a body part protruding through the tissue that would normally cover it
High levels of carbon dioxide in the blood
A condition of the body in which pH levels are abnormally low.