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Labored breathing?

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labored breathing?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Alleyne replied 1 year ago.

Hello my name is***** and I am a licensed veterinarian with over 9 years of experience. I am hoping I can help you with Bert today. How long has this labored breathing been going on with Bert?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
2 days. he is 11 yrs old, overweight. He was sick and lethargic about a month ago, but seemed to get better.
Expert:  Dr. Alleyne replied 1 year ago.

Sorry to hear about that. Was he showing the same signs about a month ago? Was he placed on any medications at that time that helped him get better?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No, he was not on any medications. He breathes with open mouth and looks like he is having trouble.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He did have trouble eating. He made wild movements with his mouth.
Expert:  Dr. Alleyne replied 1 year ago.

Did he see a veterinarian at that time a month ago? Any time a cat is open mouth breathing it usually indicates a serious problem. I worry about a few things when I see that, one is if there is a serious heart condition or congestive heart failure, fluid in the lungs, severe asthma attack, or some tumor or mass in the lungs. When this all started was he very stressed by something? Did he show any other signs like coughing or vomiting

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He was not stressed and he did vomit once.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He got better so he did not see a vet.
Expert:  Dr. Alleyne replied 1 year ago.

If it is asthma then he may respond to a steroid therapy. The other medical conditions he may require more advanced treatment such as oxygen therapy. Either way I would recommend he gets a x-ray of his chest so you can find out what is going on with as quickly as possible so he can get the appropriate treatment.

Expert:  Dr. Alleyne replied 1 year ago.

I am afraid if he continues to open mouth breath that he may going into respiratory distress which could be difficult to watch

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
OK, we will take him to the vet in the morning.
Expert:  Dr. Alleyne replied 1 year ago.

I would take him to the vet tonight if you can. When he is open mouth breathing he is really struggling to get oxygen in his lungs If not able to then try to keep his environment as stress free as possible and then try to get the very first appointment at your vet so he can be seen as quickly as possible. Or just bring him in as a walk in. They will consider it as an emergency and will put him on oxygen right away until he is breathing better.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
OK, wish I had a better solution
Expert:  Dr. Alleyne replied 1 year ago.

I definitely understand. Sorry that you are going through this with your cat. Hopefully your veterinarian can find something that can be easily treated in Bert so he can be healthy again.