Posted May 13, 2016
On May 2, Elmo, a Scottish fold cat, began wheezing and having difficulty breathing at home. His owner decided to take quick action and bring him to the Veterinary Emergency Clinic located in Waterford Lakes, Florida. Unfortunately, on the way to the VEC, Elmo vomited and started to choke.
When Elmo first arrived at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic, he was non responsive and barely breathing. His gum color was blue indicating that he was not getting sufficient oxygen. He was rushed to the treatment area so that Dr. Jennifer Hamilton and her nurses, Becky and Ken, could take immediate action to treat Elmo’s respiratory distress. He was given two medications to help open his airways. After a few minutes, Elmo’s gum color remained blue so he was sedated and had a breathing tube placed. This tube allowed our team to breathe for Elmo so he could get the oxygen he needed while waiting for the medications to take effect. After a short while, Elmo’s breathing improved. His breathing tube was removed and chest x-rays were taken. The chest x-rays showed that Elmo was suffering from a sudden asthma attack!
Elmo continued to receive TLC from Dr. Hamilton, Becky and Ken throughout the night. After spending the night in our oxygen chamber, getting additional treatment for asthma and plenty of ear scratches, Elmo was discharged to his regular vet out of oxygen much improved as you can see below!
If you think you are having a pet emergency, contact the Veterinary Emergency Clinic of Central Florida at (407) 644-4449 to learn about our emergency pet care services.