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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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What can I do cat. She has labored breathing and is

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What can I do for my cat. She has labored breathing and is breathing with her mouth open..
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.
Greg, how long has Tiger been like this? At 15 years of age I have to be concerned about congestive heart failure in such a cat. Either her lungs would be filling with fluid or the space around her lungs would be filling with fluid - a thoracic effusion. Either scenario doesn't allow the lungs to oxygenate efficiently and so our cats struggle to breathe often using their abdominal musculature to assist the diaphragm.