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Feature April 2015 Issue

Your Cat On a Ventilator

Nowadays, this treatment is not necessarily the last step before death. This technology is truly capable of saving your cat’s life. Here’s how.

When we suggest to clients that their cat should go on a ventilator, they’ll often ask, ‘Doesn’t that mean the prognosis is really bad?’” explains Tufts emergency and critical veterinarian Armelle de Laforcade, DVM. “And the truth is,” she adds, “if a cat is sick enough to be on a ventilator, she’s pretty sick. In fact, when we first got a ventilator years ago, we tended to put a cat on it right before she died as a last resort.

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