Breathing Difficulties in Cats



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.


Living and Management


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.


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