Certain diseases can decrease a patient’s ability to adequately oxygenate their blood resulting in labored breathing (dyspnea) and blue (cyanotic) gums (mucus membranes). Diseases such as pneumonia, congestive heart failure, pleural effusion, and pneumothorax, feline asthma, chronic bronchitis and collapsing trachea are all examples of diseases that cause dogs and cats to experience poor oxygenation.
While diagnosing and treating these diseases, patients benefit—they begin breathing easier—from being given supplemental oxygen.
This can be performed via nasal cannula (tubes that direct 100% oxygen directly into the nostrils) or by placing the patient within an oxygen-enriched cage. Both methods of providing supplemental oxygen is available at our practice.