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What are Collection of Fluid in the Lungs?

Fluid that fills the lungs or the surrounding pleural sac restricts the lungs from expanding fully and prevents the normal intake of oxygen. Asymptomatic swelling may not require treatment. However, clinical evidence of symptoms in the presence of swelling, especially if the blood vessels are leaking and causing the fluid build-up, requires immediate medical attention. In such cases, excessive fluid is accumulating in or around the lungs while too little of normal outflow is occurring.

The collection of fluid in or around the lungs of cats can refer to either pulmonary effusion or pulmonary edema. Healthy lungs normally have some fluid that move from the lungs to the internal space of the body and also help to prevent the lungs from adhering to the chest wall. However, if this process is disrupted due to added pressure or an underlying condition, fluid can back up into or around the lungs, causing impaired breathing. Both conditions are medical emergencies and should be treated immediately and aggressively since cats are not able to handle diminished lung function well. Cats of all ages, genders, and breeds can experience these conditions, which can affect both the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. If left untreated, permanent damage can occur, but if addressed properly many cats experience positive results. The conditions have a variety of causes including congestive heart failure, cancer, infection, or from a traumatic injury such as electrocution or a blow to the head.

Symptoms of Collection of Fluid in the Lungs in Cats

Symptoms of excessive fluid accumulation include:

  • Labored or difficulty breathing with deep, rapid breaths, especially when inhaling
  • Open-mouth breathing with crackling noises
  • Wheezing
  • Dry cough
  • Increased respiratory rate
  • Bluish discoloration of the skin and mucous membranes
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Inability to exercise, weakness, sluggishness
  • Abdominal swelling or distention
  • Fainting
  • Chest pain
  • Fever

Types

There are two main types of fluid collection in the lungs of cats.

Pulmonary Edema

This condition refers to fluid accumulating inside the lungs and is often, but not solely, associated with pneumonia (inflammation). The edema occurs when the blood vessels and tissues involved with the lungs become affected by disease or blunt trauma, which causes fluid to backup into the alveoli. The alveoli are normally used for the uptake of oxygen into the lungs and carbon dioxide elimination, but the air is being replaced with fluid that is leaking into the lungs and is impairing lung function.

Pleural Effusion

This condition occurs when fluid accumulates within the space between the outer surface of the lungs and the inner surface of the chest cavity. Both are lined by a thin wall of tissue called the pleura and fluid becomes trapped. Sometimes the condition involves chylothorax, which is an accumulation of a fatty fluid in the chest and is very serious. Often times, pleural effusion is a symptom of congestive heart failure, but could be an indicator of other diseases.

There are three different kinds of fluid development in and around the lungs. Treatment will depend on which kind of condition your pet is experiencing.

  • Hemothorax: the accumulation of blood in the pleural cavity, often caused by blunt trauma to the chest, tumors, or a clotting disorder
  • Hydrothorax: the accumulation of clear fluid in the pleural cavity, often attributed to an interference in blood flow or lymph drainage
  • Chylothorax: a rare condition concerning the accumulation of a fatty, lymphatic fluid in the pleural cavity. Its cause is unknown.

Causes of Collection of Fluid in the Lungs in Cats

There are many possible causes for pleural edema and pleural effusion. Some of the more common are:

  • Anemia
  • Viral infection
  • Chylothorax (accumulation of chyle, a lymphatic, fatty fluid originating in the intestines, into the pleural cavity)
  • Pneumonia
  • Congestive heart failure (Cardiomyopathy)
  • Cancer
  • Kidney disease
  • Traumatic injury
  • Too little protein in the blood 
  • Toxin exposure (e.g., smoke and snake venom)
  • An obstruction of the airway
  • A near drowning (where a high amount of fluid enters the lungs)
  • Pulmonary emboli
  • Hernia
  • Leaky blood vessels
  • Lung lobe torsion (twisting of a lung lobe)
  • Blood clots

Diagnosis of Collection of Fluid in the Lungs in Cats

A diagnosis of pulmonary edema or pleural effusion is based on clinical evidence, medical history, and a physical examination such as the use of a stethoscope to detect heart murmurs or changes in heart rate, and to listen for normal movement of air in and out of the lungs. 

  • Tests that are typically conducted to determine a diagnosis as well as identify any underlying conditions are:
  • Chest x-ray to detect possible signs of pleural fluid or pneumonia inside the lungs
  • Chest ultrasound to detect possible signs of fluid accumulating outside of the lungs and in the chest cavity
  • Blood and urine tests to look for hidden infections or systemic diseases
  • Thoracentesis, also called pleural fluid analysis or chest tap, to find the cause of the fluid accumulation
  • CT angiography scan, which is not common but can be helpful in making a diagnosis

Underlying conditions that the veterinarian will be checking for are bronchitis, heartworm disease, heart disease (cardiomyopathy), and any upper airway obstructions. 

If you observe your cat having any difficulty breathing at any time, an examination by your veterinarian is extremely urgent and necessary. The earlier the intervention the more positive the outcome. Waiting too long could lead to either permanent damage or death.

Treatment of Collection of Fluid in the Lungs in Cats

After the veterinarian does a physical examination, he or she will first want to stabilize your pet. Oxygen therapy may be necessary to help your pet breathe if there is inadequate ventilation and perfusion (oxygen coming in and carbon dioxide going out) in the lungs. At this time, the veterinarian may want to hospitalize your pet.

Once pulmonary edema or pulmonary effusion is confirmed during diagnostic testing, the veterinarian will first want to remove the fluid accumulation and relieve the pressure being put on the lungs and heart in order to allow the lungs normal expansion and to improve heart function. This is done through a thoracentesis, which is used for both diagnostic purposes and for treatment. 

A thoracentesis is routinely done to not only remove fluid, but also to determine the cause of the fluid, especially when the origin is not apparent. However, if tests show that pleural effusion is present on both lungs and not just one and there is no chest pain or fever, then a thoracentesis may be avoided and a different course of treatment may be made unless the effusion continues for more than three days while in the veterinarian’s care. It may also not be necessary if the effusion is chronic, has a known cause, and no symptoms are evident.

Periodic x-rays will continue to be taken to monitor treatment progress and medications may be administered to assist with fluid removal and to address any suspected underlying conditions. These medications may include:

  • Diuretics
  • Antibiotics
  • Vasodilators to expand the blood vessels to allow more blood to flow
  • Heartworm treatments
  • Anticoagulants to prevent the formation of blood clots
  • Positive inotropes to help increase the force that the heart can perform so more blood is pumped to the lungs 
  • Arrhythmia suppression medication may also be administered. 

Depending on the cause of the fluid accumulation, additional procedures may be necessary over the long term. These include additional thoracentesis, surgery, and x-rays.

Recovery of Collection of Fluid in the Lungs in Cats

A guarded prognosis is always given whenever a cat is experiencing a collection of fluid in the lungs. The long-term outlook will largely depend on the cause for the edema or effusion. If it has occurred due to a chronic condition, fluid accumulation could happen again. If it is due to some kind of trauma, then the prognosis is favorable as long as your cat responds well to treatment and recovers fully from the initial injury.

Once your cat is home, a limited sodium diet and special supplements may be recommended, along with any medications your veterinarian prescribes. Exercise should be restricted until recovery is complete. 

You will need to monitor for returning signs of weakness and tiredness, coughing, decreased appetite, or resistance to exercise. If you observe your cat with these symptoms, call your veterinarian right away.

Pay attention to your cat’s breathing rate if you able. Keeping track, perhaps even keeping a daily log, will allow you to better monitor how your cat is healing. If there are increases in the breathing rate and you notice other previously mentioned symptoms, call your veterinarian. 

Collection of Fluid in the Lungs Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Fatty
short hair
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing

My cat who is 8 has suddenly started sneezing a lot. And she is now not sleeping in my room which is weird because she always sleeps with me at night. I just lost my 9 year old cat last month to lymphoma and now I’m super worried that something is wrong with my other cat.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Fatty may be suffering from a bacterial or viral infection, or an infectious disease. Since you are noticing these signs and they seem to be getting worse vs. better, it would be best to have her examined by your veterinarian to determine what is causing her signs and how best to treat her. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Simba
Persian
8 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My cat was eating and throwing up for the past few days, the vomit was clear mucus like with the food chunks in it. Along with vomiting he even coughed and sneezed. We got him checked by the vet but he said there's nothing to worry it's just a cold. But it was not stopping only so we got worried because he was getting weak day by day. He has been given a lot of medication through injections but nothing seemed to work and he became more weak. So the doctor did an X-ray and he found a lump like thing in (or near) the lungs he said that my cat may have cancer but he said first he have to do a CT scan to check whether it's a cancer or not. He said if it's a cancer then the chances of survival is too low as the operation to remove it is too risky(80%) as there is chances of collapsing of the lungs and even because he's too weak. What do you think it is? It can even be a cyst in the lungs right? Can it be cured? Please tell me what should I do? He wants to eat food but he throws right after and so because of lack of nourishment he's getting more weak. We have given him glucose to have some energy in his body but still he's not active at all. The doctor said the reason for throwing up is because the lump is situated in the path of esophagus and so it pushes the food back out. He's now having difficulties in breathing and has his nose block and so I guess that's why his breathing has become rapid. Please guide me in helping and choosing the right option for my cat. I don't want it to die :(

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There isn't any way to tell what the mass might be without further diagnostics, unfortunately. It does seem to be affecting his health dramatically, though, and it is unlikely that there is a simple solution for getting rid of the mass. It is important for him that he isn't suffering, and your veteirnarian will be able to guide you as to the right decision. I'm sorry that that is happening to Simba, and wish him the best.

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Lynx
Domestic Shorth
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

shortness of breath

My cat has pleural effusion with guarded/poor prognosis! Heart rate is very low! X-ray shows fluid all around her lungs and heart area. She's currently on oxygen. Should I move forward with treatment or put her down

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That is a decision that I am unable to make for you without examine Lynx or knowing more about her situation. If her prognosis is guarded and she is not improving, it may be the kindest thing for her, but that would be a conversation best had with your veterinarian, as they know more about her condition, and her possible recovery. I am sorry that that is happening to her.

Hello! In addition to the pleural effusion, with further testing, I found out Lynx has a mass at the base of her heart which they suspect to be Lymphoma. If it's confirmed lymphoma, would her quality of life deteriorate if I pursue chemo? I don't want to prolong pain and suffering for her with chemo! Thanks

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Geronimo
Domestic cat
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid breathing

Hi, I have a kitten who had broken hips and a hole in the diaphragm which were fixed. After a while, it became apparent one of the legs were not working and so the vet removed the leg. Now he keeps getting a build-up of fluid around the lungs. It builds up quite quickly. the vet said he was reacting to the internal stitches. They were going to remove the stitch but when they opened him up the bone had started to fuse to the stitch and so could not be done. He has had diuretics but they don't seem to help. He also drinks a lot. Maybe there is a leak somewhere?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I don't have enough information about Geronimo to be able to comment on what is going on with him, unfortunately. It seems that he has had a lot of trauma in his short life. The fluid in his lungs may need to be analyzed, as that is unusual to have that kind of a reaction to sutures. If he can breathe, there likely isn't a 'leak', but he may have larger health issues going on. He may need to see a specialist to determine why this is happening to him. I hope that he is okay.

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Jasper
Long haired
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
lack of appetite

My cat is 4.5 years old. Last week he started not eating much and hiding underneath the bed. He just wasn't acting like himself. I took him to the vet today. He freaks out in the car, so by the time we reached the vet his breathing was pretty labored and he was hyperventilating. The vet did a lung x-ray and saw quite a bit of fluid. She aspirated 140 mL from his right side and only 50 mL on his left side (she said she couldn't get a good "pocket" on his left side and didn't want to traumatize him further). She said that the fluid is "straw-colored" so she ruled out Chyl. She said overall his bloodwork looks good. His red blood cells were slightly elevated and his liver was a little high, but nothing major. I'm waiting on results from the fluid testing. She's going to give me a diuretic liquid to give to him. Any idea what "straw-colored" fluid could be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Pleural fluid (the fluid collected from the chest cavity) is normally straw coloured, so the colour of the fluid doesn’t indicate a possible cause; however when the fluid is analysed, any cells present or other data may help to indicate an underlying cause for the fluid. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Figaro
Domestic cat
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

wheezing, tachypnea

We have a 5-year old male cat who has been previously treated for FIC. During the diagnostic procedures for that condition, they stated that he had a heart condition. Recently he began coughing and sneezing. I took him to the vet and they did a chest x-ray and stated that his heart appeared normal, but that he had some fluid in his lungs. They gave him an antibiotic and he seemed to improve, but they guessed that the cause was allergies. It has been about 4-weeks since then and I noticed that he coughed a few times. I wasn't too concerned since the vet stated that it was allergies. However, after I went to bed, my husband came to wake me up to tell me that something was wrong with the cat. He was wheezing and had tachypnea. I took him to the Emergency vet and they did an ultrasound and determined that he did have fluid on his lungs, but also stated that his heart looked fine as best they could tell. They prescribed clavimox, but gave nothing for the wheezing. This cat is extremely important to our family. We have other pets, but he is just very special -- and also my 8-year old son's cat. I need to make sure that I am doing everything that I can. Additionally, I would like to know of any suggestions that you might have regarding a prognosis. He is generally a very healthy and active cat.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Figaro I cannot give a prognosis since I cannot determine the severity of the condition; it is important to determine what the cause of the fluid is and to ensure that the fluid is being managed along with any underlying condition (heart disease, infection etc…). You should visit your regular Veterinarian tomorrow for a follow up and further guidance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Otis
tabby
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fluid in the lungs
Lethargy
Rapid breathing

I took my cat to the vet bc he has rapid breathing (stomach sunken in he takes short fast breaths) and they told me he has fluid on his lungs and told me my options but bc he had so much fluid that the medications would be best bc draining at this time could cause too much stress (being put under anesthesia) and could kill him. It’s been 2 days and I’m just curious if and when he might show improvement.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Improvement may take a few days, but in some cases medical therapy alone isn’t enough; you should give it until the end of the week but if there is no improvement you should consult with your Veterinarian about other options regarding medical management (may be changing or combining diuretics) or something else. It is also important for the underlying cause of the fluid (the fluid is a symptom) to be found so that can be treated or managed as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pepo
Himalayan
11 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulties
Loss of Appetite
Nose bleed
Wheezing
Coughing
Sleepy
Heavy Breathing
Normal Temperature

Hello, my kitten is 11 weeks old. We just adopted her 1 week ago. On the 4th day, she catch a cold, she wont eat & drink anything, & she often sneezing. On the next day her cold seems got worse. We took her to a vet, and diagnosed with a common flu (the vet gave us medicine ti help her breath).

The next two days, her cold still there, and her breathing seems got worse. Plus she's now seems like she got no energy to do anything at all.

So we decide to call our vet again, and the vet said that maybe she inhale some of the fluids from bottle feeding (because the way we bottle fed her).

Can she cured?

Our vet recommended to treat her by bring her outside every morning to get sone sunlight & get a light bulb near her bed to warm her.

Please help us.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Pepo has aspirated some fluids into the lungs, she may require a course of antibiotics and in severe cases oxygen therapy; without examining Pepo I cannot say what the specific cause is and I cannot legally prescribe any medication. You need to ensure that Pepo remains hydrated (may require intravenous fluids) and will require supportive care; also you should worm Pepo as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitty
short haired
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Labored breathing

My cat had lymphoma of the GI tract and has fluid around the lungs. They were talking about draining the fluid and testing it but they don't think they can do anything for her and to put her down. Is there any hope for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Further to your question yesterday. The decision to take a sample of fluid or to perform any procedure is down to your Veterinarian as they need to be sure that Kitty can handle any procedure done and is stable enough. Without examining Kitty, I cannot say whether there is a way forward or not; this is where getting another opinion from another Veterinarian in your area will help you make a decision. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitty
Cat
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

My cat is 9 years old. I took her to the vet two weeks ago because she was not acting herself and was not eating and throwing up. She has been doing this regurgitation thing, like she has acid reflux. They put her on a appetite stimulant and a steroid because they thought her GI tract was inflamed and was causing acid to come up. They took blood work and everything came back clear. Fast forward to today I took her back because she got better and the suddenly got worse. She lost a pound in that time. They took x-rays and found her lungs have filled up with fluid. The vet said it was most likely cancer but there's no way of knowing unless they test the fluid. I am taking her to another vet to get a second opinion and I just wanted to see if anyone has had this happen before

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes of pulmonary edema (fluid on the lungs) which may include pneumonia, lungworm, cancer, head trauma, electric shock, smoke inhalation among other causes; a second opinion by another Veterinarian in your area is a good idea if you have doubts and ask your current Veterinarian for a copy of the x-rays to save you paying for another set. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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pedro
Bombay
7 Months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Wheezing

Hello, today my cat just passed out from supposedly pulmonary edema. Last week my mother decided to get it castrated although he was only 7 months old, we had him since 4 months and he was also a male. After putting it under operation overnight to unfamiliar vets, we had him comeback home with a very big breathe problem and a big post traumatic shock, as it seems. He was very little and playful but apparently this castration didn't go so well for him and despite putting 200 dollars into operations and the doctors telling us that he had 50% of surviving after this operation he survived 4 days and then this Wednesday he passed out vomiting water and in pain. Apparently the anesthetic that they gave him shook him so hard that he had some kind of heart problem. The doctors were unfamiliar to us and we took it as a doctor's mistake. Could it really be the vet's stupid decision to put him into an unsuitable anesthetic or was it really a genetic disease or some coincidence else not concerning the castration? I should add that the cat was also a street cat and a mixed breed, mostly looks like a Bombay breed

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is unlikely that the anaesthetic chosen by the Veterinarian would have been unsuitable, there are many different anaesthetics and combination of anaesthetics which may be used; generally a short acting injectable anaesthetic is used since cat castration is a very quick and safe procedure. Reactions to anaesthetics (whether suitable or not) may occur; the use of certain anaesthetics may cause pulmonary edema in a small number of cases, but those anaesthetics are commonly used and reactions are rare. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.vaajournal.org/article/S1467-2987(17)30077-6/pdf

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Luna
Domestic shorthair
13 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Mild

Hi, today my kitten managed to get the string from a helium balloon wrapped around her neck and was hanging from her talk scratch post climbing frame, i heard her scream and lifted her right away to stop her hanging and I managed to get the string off with scissors is she okay?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. That is a significant trauma for Luna to have gone through, and without examining her, I have no way of knowing if she is okay. If she is having any signs of discomfort, breathing problems, or isnt' eating or drinking, she should be seen by a veterinarian to make sure that she is okay.

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Wendy
torbie
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing

Took my cat to SPCA as she has been coughing. SPCA did blood work and exrays on her and left a message on my phone that she needs to go to hospital. I am wondering why. My cat coughs for 3 or 4 minutes at least 5 times a day. She eats and drinks fine, is very active and she is a year and a half old

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Wendy and seeing the blood work and x-rays I cannot say why they are recommending a visit to a veterinary hospital, obviously something has been found on the test results indicating that Wendy requires further examination or treatment. Call the SPCA back to ask them what was found, what they suspect and what their thoughts are. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sammy
Long haired donestic
11 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Pale Pink Gums

My cat got into a bag of treats and ate more treats than he should have but this was not that unusual. The next morning he was coughing and whitish in color obviously in distress. I rushed him to ER and despite oxygen and lasix he died. They say he died of aspiration. Could I have prevented this? How long was he suffering? Is it common for cats to die from inhaling their own vomit?
Feeling so heartbroken.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Further to the answer to your question posted two days ago: it is ‘common’ for cats to aspirate their vomit which is why we are cautious in some cases not to use certain products (mineral oil for example) or medicines due to the risk of aspiration pneumonia. I cannot say how long this was going on for as it depends on the amount aspirated and whether there were other factors at play. I understand your distress, but I cannot say whether or not getting attention earlier would have changed anything; this is however why I always recommend that if there is any change to the breathing, coughing, struggling to breathe etc… that it should be treated as an emergency. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sammy
Long hair donestic
11 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing pale

My cat got into a bag of treats and ate more treats than he should have but this was not that unusual. The next morning he was coughing and whitish in color obviously in distress. I rushed him to ER and despite oxygen and lasix he died. They say he died of aspiration. Could I have prevented this? How long was he suffering?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst it is difficult to say whether this death could have been prevented since there are many factors at play, aspiration pneumonia is not a pleasant condition and if there was a large quantity of content aspirated it would have caused irritation, reduction in lung efficiency among other issues. I would try to not dwell on what happened, but think of the happier times you had together with Sammy. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you. Is it common for cats to die from inhaling their own vomit?

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Katy
Birman
17 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Strange fits
minor wheezing
Coughing
Sneezing

My cat has been having trouble for the last couple of months...She has these weird fits, where she tries to blow her nose, similar to sneezing, but much faster, once in a while. She also wheezez from time to time. Vry occasional coughs. Sometimes, when she sneezes, she has a little bit of mucus coming out of one of her nostrils. Other than that, she seems healthy enough for her age, eats well, especially loves cat milk, sometimes plays, which is surprising for a cat her age, and loves beeing around us, as opposed to beeing lethargic. I have been to the vet, but every vet in my area is absolutely incompetent, and would put any kind of diagnosis just so I have to pay more for an animal I obviously care about...Not to mention, when I tell them she is 17, It's like you can see it in their eyes, that they don't care. They are absolutely awful people, so I am resorting to help on the internet, from someone who actually care, and knows a thing or two...please help...Is it Asthma? is it Lung fluid? Should I start getting inhalators to help her whenever she has those fits? We are giving her vitamins, and not a long time ago, she took deparasiters.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Katy, I cannot make a diagnosis as I am unable to auscultate her lungs or check any other body system and it would be unethical for me to make a diagnosis like this as I am just not sure. If you are unhappy with the Veterinarians in your area, you could also try visiting a veterinary school if you have one nearby; I don’t know where you live but I’ve added a list of veterinary schools around the world below (excluding USA and Canada). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.avma.org/ProfessionalDevelopment/Education/Foreign/Pages/ECFVG-world-colleges-colleges.aspx

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Rudy
tabby
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid breathing

Rudy is a 2 yr. old male cat with a hstory of feline leukemia. I noticed 2daya ago he was breathing faster- 60 a minute. He is still eating. Maybe he is not quite as active as before. I took him to the vet yesterday and they did blood work and chest X-ray. They say he has a mediastinal mass- probably lymphoma. They attempted to withdraw fluid 3 times and Rudy was uncooperative, even with medication. His blood work show the white cells as slightly elevated. He has been put on Prednisone. They steroids seem to have helped he is more active, eating yet his respiration’s remain elevated- 40-50. The vet called today and said she thinks we should try the thorencetesis again. My thought is that with his leukemia diagnosis and she thinks the lymphoma is secondary to it that the fluid will come back. Our decision is not to treat the lymphoma. But I do want him to suffer. I guess my question is two fold- is the thorencentesis a comfort measure? But is it the only thing that will help keep him comfortable?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I am sorry that is happening with Rudy. Thoracocentesis is a precedure to try and remove fluid in the lungs so that he can breath easier, and unless the underlying cause is treated, it will come back, yes. If it gives him some relief and allows him to breathe easier, temporarily, than it seems worth it to have it done. I hope that he remains comfortable a little while longer.

FUROSEMIDE/LASICS HELPED MY CAT LIKE NO TOMORROW. CAT WAS TAKEN TO RYAN PENN STATE HOSPITAL AND SEVERAL TESTS CAME UP NEG-. STILL ON LASICS PILL 12-18 MG DAILEY. DOWN TO 21 BREATHS PER MIN NOW. DO NOT FART AROUND WITH THIS ISSUE!!! GOOD LUCK.

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Yeti
mix orange tabby
18 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

cough
Coughing

Medication Used

antibiotics
cough syrup
ventolin
cold syrup

Previosly i written to the mucus page about Yeti. He is coughing since 3 months, The Veterinary finally took his X-Ray and he said he have fluid in lungs. Previously he gave him antibiotic vaccine, cold syrup, cough syrup. And his blood test was clear. Last week Yeti took Ventolin Nebules with nebulizer machine 5 days for 1,5 hours. His cough is decreased, he is not cough when he run anymore. But its not completely over. He cough sometimes. He is look and act normal while he is not cough. Veterinary said he couldnt do anything else for him. What you suggest? Should i bring him to the Hospital? Or should i wait.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your response. I'm glad that Yeti was able to get treatment. Since he is still coughing occasionally, it would be a good idea to have a follow up x-ray to make sure that the fluid is gone and that he doesn't need further treatment.

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Boy
DOMESTIC
Elderly
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Stuffy nasal cavity

Medication Used

none

Elderly cat sleeping rough most of his adult life. A lot of teeth missing due to gum diesease has had hayfever type symptoms for about 2 weeks is treated for fleas. No other vaccination is eating little but often

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Most likely the cat is suffering from rhinitis which may be caused by infections (bacterial, viral, fungal), parasites, allergies, foreign bodies, polyps, dental problems among other disorders. Without examining the cat, I cannot say what the underlying cause is; a physical examination by a Veterinarian would be best, try to search for a charity clinic in your area. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My healthy cat if 15 years had a strange reaction after receiving his vaccinations. We have not given him vaccinations for many years but wanted to get his teeth cleaned and so took him for routine check up and all was good.. Heart lungs etc prior to vaccinations and cytocentisis. After he came back a good trickling of blood from cytocetesis area was coming out. They cleaned him up and bleeding stopped then he started really struggling with breathing. Dr did exam again and heard fluid in chest cavity They gave him steroids and oxygen took chest xray. They found fluid in his lungs which Dr couldn't hear prior to vaccines. They recommended I bring him to er. Er Dr says cat has galloping heart rate and cardiac issues and she doesn't want to take out fluid or give diuretics. She wants to titrate him for lysene and have him maybe 7 months to live. I think this is strange after what I'm reading. She can't determine cause without fluid if I'm understanding the posts and the car has never had issues with heart and any exam. He also had normal heart and lungs prior to treatment at regular vets. Although rare there are cases of allergic reaction to vaccines. Why are they telling me to titrate for myocardial infarction or put him down. Ie. The cat came home from all the stress and jumped on table and ate a whole can of wet food and drank a good amount of water. He did the same today. Eating and drinking normally. Should I take him somewhere else at this point and have them try diuretic or check fluid in lungs

We all know fluid in the lungs is a bad thing. My cat of 11 years whos my heart has this also. After $500 at my vet. they say it is best for the cat NOT to suffer and be humanely put to sleep. It really tears me up hes my buddy for sure. I can't let him suffer for me. It's NEVER a good sign when they can't breathe. I love my cat and will miss him.

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Chase
Persian
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Mouth breathing
Not meowing
Not Eating

Is their a cheap way to resolve the problem? The cat is about 10 years old and is mouth breathing. He’s very emaciated since he has not been eating. We took him to a vet and the surgery would cost a lot and the only other option would be to put him down.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Chase. I'm sorry that he is having problems. Without knowing more about his situation, signs and health status, I can't say whether there are other options for what is going on with him. if he is losing weight, and having problems breathing, those are potentially serious problems. I'm not sure what surgery your veterinarianwas recommending, but if that is the only option for him, and you're not able to have the surgery done, the most humane thing for him might be euthanasia. Your veterinarian would be the best person to talk to about that, as they are familiar with your cat and his situation. I hope that everything works out for him.

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Ri Ri
Cat
8 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Fatigue
Runny/Stuffy nose
Laborded Breathing
Sneezing

My cat drunk some mixed alcoholic beverage I had about three days ago and since then she hasn’t ate hard time breathing runny and stuffy nose and sleeps most of the time I can’t afford to get her seen for another three weeks what can I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about RiRI today. I'm sorry that she is having these problems. It doesn't sound like she can wait for 3 weeks to be seen - it sounds like she should be seen today if possible. There are optios that you can look into so that you can take her in sooner. Many veterinary clinics offer a 'free first exam' that you can take advantage of to have her examined. Most clinics also take Care Credit or other forms of payment to allow for unexpected illnesses. There are also low cost clinics in many areas that may be able to help her. I hope that one of these options allows you to have her seen, and treated.

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Marshy
British Shorthair
7 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking

Dear sir I live in India. My cat had heavy breathing for sometime but it became worse. He's got fatigue, Open mouth breathing and fast breathing and stopped eating like the usual. His tongue is mostly out when breathing and sleeping. My nearest vet is in another state. Please suggest me a medicine I could buy and food I could give. Thank you for your time sir.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for breathing difficulties, without a thorough examination I cannot determine if the cause is due to infection, heart disease, inflammation, aspiration pneumonia among other causes. It would be irresponsible for me to recommend any specific medication since I haven’t examined Marshy; whilst I appreciate that you may be a long distance from a Veterinarian, in this case oxygen therapy and other supportive care may be needed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leopold
Cat
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty
Panting
Loss of Appetite
Coughing
Sneezing
Weight Loss
Lethargy

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral
Prednisolone

My cat is 15 years old and is having problems breathing, panting, gasping, dry heaving, lots and lots of sneezing, lethargic, not eating, lost a lot of weight, dry crusty nose, occasional eye gunk. I took him to the vet and she told me it was either an infection or cancer. Oh, he also has this thing where he walks like he's drunk in the hind end and he tips over a lot when being pet, the vet didn't really address this and I'm not sure if it's at all related to his other problems. They did an xray and blood tests, he showed slight fluid in his lungs and inflammation. His blood work was normal for his liver, kidneys, thyroid, all that. His white count (wbc), neutrophils (neu), and red blood cells (mchc), were all high and his platelets (plt and mpv) were low. Her options to me were to take him to a specialist to run more tests or try to treat for an infection. She gave me an antibiotic (clavamox) and a steriod (prednisolone). I gave him both meds over a course of roughly 2 weeks. He seemed to be doing much better, his breathing wasn't as labored, but still heavy, his eyes and nose cleared up and looked so much better, no more sneezing or coughing or hacking, he was eating more and I even caught him playing and stretching. He finished his meds and still had the heavy breathing, but all his other symptoms went away. Its been about 2 week since his medicine and recently he has some symptoms back, dry crusty nose, eye gunk, loss of appetite, lethargic, hacking, no coughing or sneezing yet. At this point I'm not sure what I should do, take him back to the vet for another round of those meds? They really did help him, just not completely, but it was definitely better. Or go the cancer route and take him to the specialist?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may be worth checking Leopold’s nasal discharge for culture and sensitivity to determine if the current antibiotic (Clavamox - amoxicillin) is suitable in case of infection as it isn’t wise to repeatedly treat with the same antibiotic. Further testing would be useful to see if there is anything else occurring, but given his age I feel it may be best to try this route first. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bobby
Turkish Angora
18+
Serious condition
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Serious condition

18+ yr old cat with kidney failure and stage 4 murmur had been given 3wks to 6 mos has now been with us a year. Has become extremely thin and frail but still desires to eat and drink and stumbles around. More recently his rib cage has become extremely distended. Do you think that this is from kidney failure? He has always had a dry cough, especially after drinking, since we got him 2 1/2 yrs ago but vet wasn't concerned at all. Cough is just higher pitched not more frequent. Thoughts appreciated. Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Is the abdomen distended? This could be caused by ascites which could be attributable to kidney failure, heart failure, liver failure among other conditions; if there is fluid accumulation in the abdomen then there may also be pulmonary edema which may cause breathing difficulties. Given Bobby’s age and this current physical condition, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and another set of blood tests to evaluate the cause for the changes in cough. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boris
British Shorthair
2 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat has a leaky heart valve, he had fluid build up around the heart and lungs. It was removed few months ago. His other and overall test results were fine. Now he has fluid inside the lungs. It cannot be removed, he got water pills this time. He can hardly breath. It happened so suddenly, I am really sad, he is not even 3 years old. Is this the end stage for him? How long can he live with this failure?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem with fluid accumulating in the lungs is that it reduces the lung’s capacity for gaseous exchange by reducing the amount of functioning alveoli. Diuretics can be used to help draw fluid from the lungs, chest, abdomen etc… but at some point may become ineffective. You should speak with your Veterinarian about your options and their thoughts about Boris. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bobbe
1/2 manx
13 1/2 yr
Serious condition
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Serious condition

indoor outdoor elderly cat difficulty breathing lethargic loss of appetite x-ray showed fluid around lungs should we get the fluid have the fluid drained off the lungs and have it tested

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A sample of fluid would be useful as would a blood test to determine overall internal health. There are a few possible causes for fluid build up around the lungs including cancer, liver disease, heart failure, infections, trauma among other causes. The links below may be useful for you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://veterinarycalendar.dvm360.com/working-pleural-effusions-cats-proceedings www.vetstream.com/treat/felis/diseases/pleural-effusion

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Innocent
Medium breed
14 years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fast Breathing

What's the chances of a 14yr old cat (in human years) surviving the surgery of draining out their lungs with fluid in then when a Dr describes the x ray as the cat being in "poor condition"?
Also how long does it usually take for fluid to fill a cats lungs on average? Like if a whole lung is filled with fluid how long has the problem been possibly going on for?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Draining the fluid is only a temporary fix and the time until the fluid returns can vary widely from case to case, there is no real average time as there are too many factors which contribute plus the cause may be idiopathic so this is hard to determine. There are many causes for fluid accumulation in the lungs, chest, abdomen etc… and the underlying cause needs to be determined so that the primary cause can be treated which will hopefully resolve the fluid. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dash
domestic short hair
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Tiredness
Loss of Appetite

My cat had 200Mils of fluid taken out of his lungs today. He has been very healthy until today. He is FlV positive since birth and is about 6 1/2 years old. She said he could have lymphoma. We had the fluid sent off for testing and are awaitong results. About how long before the fluid can accumulate again? From her demeanor it didn't seem like he has much longer to live

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The accumulation of fluid would be dependent on the underlying cause, timeframes vary from case to case but can be a few days or even less than a day. Fluid analysis along with regular blood tests will help give a diagnosis of the primary condition; medical management may be attempted with diuretics but still maybe unrewarding. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat of seven years had 300ml of fluid removed from his lungs. It was determined he had lymphoma, Chemotherapy with a help from God cured this. A year and a half later he was diagnosed with chylothorax. He had a duct ligation, closing off the passageway from the intestines to the lungs. Again very successful. He had insurance, 90/10 copay, no deductible from Trupanion pet insurance. These procedures prolonged his life by 50%, over two and a half years. My recomendation: get insurance, see a specialist. These things are beyond average Vets, but are curable.

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