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Diagnosis and Management of Respiratory Disease

We use the highest level of respiratory care and expertise in our care of your pet. Employing techniques modeled after those developed by teaching hospitals at the best veterinary universities, we provide a standard of care that assists your pet during recovery and maintains your pet's quality of life.

Respiratory care is the branch of veterinary medicine that addresses the nasal passageway, larynx, trachea (windpipe), bronchi, and lungs. Various pet respiratory issues go undiagnosed and unaddressed. Left unmanaged, respiratory conditions can progress to serious disease. Carlson Animal Hospital veterinary professionals are very familiar with recognizing and treating a wide variety of respiratory conditions.

Specialized Equipment & Experience the Benefit Respiratory Care for Pets

Many respiratory diseases require a superior level of diagnostics and disease management. Carlson Animal Hospital has the most advanced small animal respiratory tools and expertise available to meet this requirement.

At Carlson Animal Hospital, we have added, and will continue to add, the equipment needed to help your pet overcome respiratory difficulties and get back home where he or she belongs. We have the most advanced small animal respiratory tools and expertise available. Carlson Animal Hospital makes use of sophisticated digital radiology, bronchoscopy, blood gas and pulse oximetry, and oxygen support for pet respiratory care. Learn more about how respiratory equipment and devices aid accurate assessment of your pet's respiratory system.

What are animal conditions that require respiratory care?

The most common conditions we encounter when pets are in respiratory distress are:

  • Pneumonia and bronchitis
  • Allergic lung disease (feline asthma)
  • Nasal diseases
  • Trachea and airway collapse
  • Brachycephalic airway syndrome

What cats and dogs have respiratory problems?

Any cat or dog can experience respiratory issues; however, there are certain breeds that are more likely to experience respiratory issues—they are, in medical terms, brachycephalic. Susceptible breeds are the short-nosed, flat-faced varieties, such as pugs, English bulldogs, French bulldogs, Pekinese, mastiffs, Boston terriers, boxers, and Persian or Himalayan cats.

Dr. Carlson preparing to evaluate a patient's nose.

What are signs of pet respiratory issues?

We will check your dog or cat's respiratory function at routine exams. Some degree of airway resistance (snoring, mouth breathing) is not cause for alarm. Signs of abnormalities that affect the efficiency of breathing in pets include:

  • Exercise intolerance
  • Sleeping while sitting up
  • Marked or unusual snoring
  • Heat intolerance
  • Increasing effort to inhale
  • Cyanosis (turning blue)
  • Gagging, regurgitation, vomiting, hyperthermia (elevated body temperature)

Treatment for your pet's respiratory problems will be individualized based on what we discover upon testing and diagnosing your pet's specific condition. With early detection and intervention, many pet respiratory issues can be managed very well.

We have invested in our equipment and training to help your pet overcome respiratory difficulties. At the same time, we are in consultation with you to make certain that you are apprised of all of the health implications and costs of each treatment and plan.

If you have any concerns about your pet's breathing or suspect respiratory issues, please call us to schedule an appointment right away.

Contact Us

Carlson Animal Hospital


414 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60302

Clinic Hours

Monday-Tuesday: 8 AM-12 PM, 1-6 PM Wednesday: 8 AM-12 PM, 1 PM-4:30 PM, 6-8 PM Thursday-Friday: 8 AM-12 PM, 1-5 PM Saturday: 8 AM-1 PM Sunday: Closed