Respiratory distress can be caused by a number of diseases, for example, heart disease, pleural effusion, and pneumonia. Any animal in respiratory distress must be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Signs of Respiratory Distress
- Labored breathing
- Open mouthed breathing – especially in cats
- Head and neck stretched out, elbows pointed outward
- Blue, pale-white, or gray gum color
- Bloody, foamy nasal discharge
First Aid: Minimize stress! Transfer your pet to a veterinary facility immediately. Respiratory distress it is a sign of a severe problem and can be fatal in a few minutes.