Our question this week was:
My cat was recently in a house fire. Will he live?
Marilyn J. – Kansas City.
Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote asking about the effect of smoke inhalation on a cat. Cats with mild smoke inhalation do well and those with very severe smoke inhalation my not do well.
Smoke inhalation injury is direct damage to the airways and lung tissue caused by exposure to heat, particulate matter in smoke and the gaseous by-products of fire. Smoke inhalation injury can be caused by:
The problem is that the smoke inhalation injury can cause spasming and constriction of the airways, carbon monoxide poisoning, and accumulation of fluid in the lungs. Pneumonia and even death can occur.
Treatment includes oxygen, fluids, and various medications to help open the airways.
Best of luck!
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