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Companion Animal Practice
Practical approach to the dyspnoeic cat
  1. Amy MacKay

    Amy MacKay graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. After completing a two-year residency in feline internal medicine at Bristol, she returned to the USA to join a felineonly clinic in Ohio.


THERE are a significant number of differential diagnoses for dyspnoea in the cat. These vary in terms of clinical presentation and severity of clinical signs, and may be the result of either respiratory or non-respiratory factors. This article discusses the basic principles of examination, diagnosis and treatment of the acutely dyspnoeic cat, before going on to consider two of the most common causes of acute-onset dyspnoea encountered in general veterinary practice - feline asthma and congestive heart failure.

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