January, 2011 Issue

REGULAR VETERINARY EXAMS. Chronic lung disease can be detected during your cat’s annual checkup, so be vigilant about scheduling appointments.

Lung Disease: Serious and Common

Be aware that severe pulmonary disorders will often require emergency veterinary care. Know the signs.

Like their human counterparts, feline lungs are bag-shaped, elastic organs, two in number, located on either side of the heart and occupying most of the space in the chest cavity. They are virtually identical in structure to human lungs as well, functioning in the same manner and fulfilling the same fundamental purposes — removing carbon dioxide from the bloodstream and keeping the blood constantly supplied with life-sustaining oxygen. The lungs perform their vital functions by means of two processes — properventilation and perfusion — explains Richard Goldstein, DVM, an associate professor of small animal medicine at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

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