When My Pet Struggle To Breathe


There is arguably nothing more heart-wrenching than seeing your beloved pet struggling to breathe or even suffocate. Pets, like us, can develop illnesses that can limit the amount of oxygen their lungs are getting, further limiting the amount of oxygen to the rest of the body. These illnesses include Congestive Heart Failure, Fluid Buildup, Lung Cancer, Post-Surgery, and other Cardiovascular or Pulmonary issues.

Oxygen therapy is the act of supplementing the air the animal breathes with extra oxygen. Increasing the oxygen amount that the animal breathes in helps counteract the decreased availability of oxygen to the body tissue due to sickness or injury. This is needed in many situations when the animal has breathing difficulties and struggles to absorb oxygen or transporting that oxygen around the body. And depending on the severity of oxygen depletion, the animal may suffer cell death, organ failure, or death. An oxygen supplement can make the difference between life and death in critical situation.

Using any oxygen therapy for pets should be treated just like any kind of oxygen therapy that a human patient would use. A veterinarian would determine if your pet need oxygen therapy, and at what level and duration. Pet owner need to make sure that the oxygen is properly administered to the pet accordingly. The source of oxygen is usually a home oxygen concentrator. The home oxygen concentrators for pets are stationary devices for in-home usage, continuous oxygen flow. They work by pumping indoor air into a container that separates oxygen from room air and concentrates it to provide oxygen continuously to the animal.

There are several ways to deliver supplemental oxygen to your pet. It could be through an oxygen mask, oxygen hood or placing the animal in an oxygen cage. Regardless of which method you use, you must be aware of the pros & cons of each method & monitor the process closely. For example, a closed oxygen cage/hood does not take very long to heat up, pet owner must keep a close eye on the temperature and humidity inside the cage/hood. Some oxygen masks are not designed with ventilating function, so the animal could breathe in its own carbon dioxide if it’s tightly fitted.   

With oxygen therapy, you might start to notice that your beloved pet has gotten a little more energetic, like its old healthy self. This is because the proper amount of oxygen is being distributed throughout its body, and its muscles and organs can function more normally. Being able to provide a sick pet with oxygen therapy is very helpful because he or she will be able to get up and move around and will likely feel more inclined to the treatment after using oxygen therapy for a while. Depending on the diagnosis, your pet might even be able to recover much more quickly, or at least be able to live a somewhat normal life, despite its illness.

ST Pet Oxygen provides oxygen system rental for pets to have oxygen therapy in the comfort of home. To know more about our service, check out our website www.stpetoxygen.com ; and if you need further assistance, please contact us