Does Your Cat Need a Ventilator?

When we suggest to clients that their cat should go on a ventilator, theyll often ask, Doesnt 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, shes 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.

Head Trauma in Cats is Common

Each day, dozens of injured or severely ill animals in urgent need of emergency medical care are brought by their owners to the Cummings Schools Foster Hospital for Small Animals. Unfortunately, its not uncommon for cats of all ages to be brought in due to blunt or penetrating head injuries. …