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First aid for breathing trouble in cats

Where is the air?
Where is the air?
Karla Kirby

Dyspnea, breathing trouble is characterized by noisy rapid breathing, increased breathing effort, or trouble inhaling and exhaling. Panting is very common in canines, is a sure sign of respiratory distress in felines. If blood oxygen gets low, the gums and lips may turn blue. Dyspnea is a definite medical emergency, and such patients can be enormously fragile.

If your cat is having trouble breathing, first establish if your cat is choking or not. Then determine if your cat is suffering from heat stroke. Both of these symptoms effect breathing tremendously..

Keep your cat as calm as possible while rushing her straight to the vet.

If your cat loses consciousness and ceases breathing, perform rescue breathing immediately. Rescue breathing is performed on a cat that has quit breathing and become unconscious. It is identical to “mouth-to-mouth” in people. Do not perform rescue breathing if your cat is still conscious.

To perform rescue breathing, which has proved to be very successful in many, many cases first, secure your lips over your cat's mouth and nose. Next, exhale with an adequate amount of force to expand the cat’s chest as it would be during a normal breath.
Be vigilant to not over-inflate. Give three to five breaths then pause to see if your cat has started to breathe on his/her own. Repeat as many times as necessary until you reach help.

Don’t forget: First Aid is the care made available to a sick or injured cat until professional help is possible. True, First Aid does not take the place of good veterinary treatment, but when used correctly, it could make all the difference in the world for both you and your cat.

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