Nursing Care of the Dyspnoeic Cat


This lecture focuses on the nursing care of dyspnoeic cats in practice and gives practical advice on the best approach in nursing them. It begins by looking at symptoms of respiratory distress, and then discusses monitoring of the cat and interventions needed as well as the importance of minimising stress. It then discusses respiratory effort and how recognition of the different types of inspiration and expiration and effort involved can give valuable information to the veterinary team as to the cause of the distress. It then also discusses thoracocentesis and thoracic drains.

Learning outcomes

  •  Confidence in the nursing care and monitoring of dyspnoeic cats
  •  Knowledge of the different causes of respiratory distress
  •  Knowledge of thoracocentesis and thoracic drains


Katherine Howie VN VTS (ECC)

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