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Treatment will depend on the final diagnosis your veterinarian makes for your cat's breathing problems. Most breathing problems require admittance into a hospital until the inability to take in sufficient oxygen has been resolved. Your cat will be given oxygen to help it breathe and to get oxygen to its organs, and medications may be given, either by mouth or intravenously (IV), to help your pet breathe. The prescribed medication will be dependent on the cause of the breathing problem. Your cat's activity will be restricted until the breathing problem is resolved or greatly improved. Cage rest may be an option if you have no other way of restricting your cat's movement, and protecting your cat from other pets or active children is an important part of the recovery process.
Once your cat is able to return home with you, it will be very important to follow your veterinarian’s instructions closely. Dispense all of the medications as directed, and stay to the scheduled follow-up progress checks with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian will repeat many of the tests that were done when your pet was diagnosed: complete blood counts, biochemical profiles, and chest x-rays. All are important in determining how your cat is responding to treatment.
Depending on your cat's problem, its activity level may need to be reduced for the rest of its life. Your cat may need to be on medication for the rest of its life, too. If you notice any changes in the way your cat is breathing, it is important to consult with your veterinarian immediately.
Excess breathing or panting
A medical condition in which gas or air collects in the pleural space
The area between the folds of the pleura; airtight
Pertaining to the lungs
The collection of fluid in the tissue of the lungs
The windpipe; it carries air from the bronchi to the mouth
The term for a quick heartbeat
A cavity in the mouth where the respiratory systems and gastrointestinal systems come together
The voice box; this is one part of the respiratory system
Having a hard time breathing; breathing takes great pains
The collection of fluid in the peritoneal cavity.
The collection of fluid in the tissue
The escape of fluid or blood into tissues or body spaces or cavities
A type of instrument that is used to look inside the body
A record of the activity of the myocardium
A condition of the blood in which normal red blood cell counts or hemoglobin are lacking.