Thank you for contacting JustAnswer with your questions. I'm sorry Spunky is having trouble breathing.
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-Veterinary Experts are able to provide general medical advice. We are NOT able to provide a diagnosis or prescribe medications. I can help you to determine if a veterinary visit is needed or if it seems reasonable to monitor and treat at home.
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-It appears you are offline. I am sorry we were not able to connect to discuss Spunky's breathing issues.
-Based on the information you provided, I can offer some general advice.
-Difficulty breathing can be caused by a variety of conditions.
-Upper respiratory infections are common in cats. These can be viral or bacterial. Cats may show signs of coughing, sneezing, discharge from the eyes or nose, decreased appetite, lethargy, and difficulty breathing.
-Pneumonia can occur due to infections with bacteria or fungi. Sometimes, dogs can aspirate material into the lungs if they are vomiting or ingest oily or soapy substances. Chest x-rays will help determine if pneumonia is present.
-Allergies can also cause harsh, dry coughing.
-Cats can also develop asthma which can cause a harsh, dry cough progressive to trouble breathing.
-Heart failure can also cause coughing, difficulty breathing, or weakness.
-Since Punky is lethargic and is having a hard time breathing, he should be evaluated by a veterinarian immediately.
I hope the information was helpful and Spunky will feel better soon. Thank you for trusting JustAnswer with your questions. It was my pleasure to help you today. If you need further information regarding this question or need clarification on the recommendations, please let me know. I am happy to help.
-I am so sorry you are going through this. It is a problem all across the world that there's a shortage of veterinarians available to help sick pets.
-Unless your regular veterinarian can get you in, you are probably going to have to wait at an emergency clinic.
If finances are tight, I would highly recommend looking into both financial aid and financing options. Organizations like these make it possible for owners to fund veterinary care even if they cannot personally afford it at that time. With financing, you pay the amount back to the financing company BUT with financial aid the bill is paid for and you are NOT expected to pay the amount back.
1) Red Rover: https://redrover.org/relief/
2) Best friends: http://bestfriends.org/resources/financial-aid-pets
3) AVMA: https://www.avma.org/public/YourVet/Pages/Financial-assistance-for-veterinary-care-costs.aspx
4) HSUS: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_veterinary_care.html
5) PAWS: https://www.paws.org/cats-and-dogs/other-services/help-with-veterinary-bills/
6) Your dogs friend: http://yourdogsfriend.org/we-recommend/need-help-paying-vet-bills/
7) AFRP: https://www.animalfriendsrescue.org/financialassistance.html
8) Friends of pets: http://friendsofpets.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FinAsstGuide201708.pdf
9) Speaking for Spot: http://speakingforspot.com/?p=Financial%20Assistance%20for%20Veterinary%20Care
10) Rainbows Bridge: https://www.rainbowsbridge.com/New_Beginnings/Pets_in_Need/Financial_Help.htm
11) AHF: https://www.animalhealthfoundation.net/index.html
12) Paws 4 a cure: http://www.paws4acure.org/askforhelp.php
13) O&B: http://www.onyxandbreezy.org/grant-application.html
14) Mosby: https://www.themosbyfoundation.org/apply-for-assistance/
15) BDF: http://www.browndogfoundation.org/process
16) Waggle: https://waggle.org/who-we-are/how-we-work/ (this company helps with veterinary-specific crowdfunding to their database of donors)
17) Financial aid for each of the US states: https://www.facebook.com/groups/**********99/permalink/955030605272406/
3 options for financing include www.carecredit.com, www.scratchpay.com and www.vetbilling.com. The first two companies have low interest APR rates (starting at 5%) and allow you to pay for a vet bill over 6-24 months. The last company offer a billing option for veterinary clients through automatic bank account drafting on a predetermined date at the time of service. Care Credit checks your credit but Scratch Pay only performs a soft inquiry (will not affect your credit score), making it a good choice for owners who may have been declined for Care Credit in the past.
If you are a veteran or active-duty, consider VETERAN PET FINANCIAL HELP available here:
If you are in Canada, try here: https://www.petcard.ca
I hope you were able to find a veterinarian to help with Spunky. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
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