Using portable oxygen therapy, or any oxygen therapy for your dog should be treated just like any kind of oxygen therapy that a human patient would use. A veterinarian would determine whether or not your canine would need oxygen therapy, and he or she would prescribe the amount of oxygen your dog needs. You should never change the dosage without your vet telling you to, and you have to make sure that the oxygen is properly administered to your dog.
A dog would need oxygen therapy for a variety of reasons – congestive heart failure, lung cancer, and any other type of cardiovascular or pulmonary issues that would cause the lungs to not bring in enough oxygen to the rest of the body. If your dog is very sick, you can help make its life more comfortable by getting it something to administer portable oxygen.
There are mini oxygen conserver tanks that can be provided for our canine friends who need it, but you'll have to get one from your veterinarian. Using one that is too large, or on too high of a setting can be harmful to your pet. This is why it is so important to stick with the setting prescribed by your vet.
You might also be wondering how you would keep a nasal cannula or face mask on your dog. A neck cone will help stop him from pawing at the tubing and will prevent him from removing or damaging any of the parts with his teeth or paws.
Surgical tape will help hold the nasal cannula in place. Just make sure you change the tape every day and clean out the tubing. You need to clean it every day; bacteria can quickly begin to form in the tubing. Your vet will likely show you how to attach the tape and keep the tubing clean.
Your dog can also use a simple strap-like carry bag so they can carry around their oxygen tank when they go outside or walk to their food bowl. You might start to notice that your dog has gotten a little more energetic, like its old healthy self. This is because the proper amount of oxygen is being distributed throughout its body, and its muscles and organs can function more normally.
Being able to provide a sick dog with portable oxygen therapy is very helpful, because he or she will be able to get up and move around, and will likely feel more inclined to after using oxygen therapy for a while. Depending on the diagnosis, your dog might even be able to recover much more quickly, or at least be able to live a somewhat normal life, despite its illness.
Information on this page is for reference and educational purposes only. For more information about talk to your veterinarian.
Page last updated: October 26, 2018