All About Portable Oxygen Therapy for Our Canine Friends

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 ā€“ 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.

Educate yourself with our Free Oxygen Therapy Guide

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

About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

51 thoughts on “All About Portable Oxygen Therapy for Our Canine Friends”

  • Rachel

    My dog is on oxygen and he is doing great!

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    • marcy anderson
      marcy anderson March 27, 2015 at 2:50 am

      when did you get the Oxygen tank for him?

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      • I care

        how did you get a tank

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      • Pat Frasca

        My dog has some sort of breathing problem which may or may not be caused by Lung cancer. I have an oxygen concentrator, what can I purchase to help her with her breathing?

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        • Margaret Goodman
          Margaret Goodman May 3, 2018 at 7:00 am

          Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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          • Tom

            I have Yorkie who has CHF and just went through a bad episode. Vet put him on oxygen and most of his breathing and vitals improved drastically. After 12 hours away from oxygen, he seems to have started to get worse again. Iā€™m interested in an Oxygen Therapy/Tank. Please contact.

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            • Margaret Goodman
              Margaret Goodman July 17, 2018 at 10:21 am

              Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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  • Veronica Guzman
    Veronica Guzman October 23, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    HI I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW I CAN GET AN OXYGEN FOR MY DOG , HE BAS CONGESTUVE HEART FAILURE AND DIFFICULT BREATHING

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment, Veronica. We will have someone reach out to you regarding your request.

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      • Ashley Neuben
        Ashley Neuben March 4, 2018 at 4:51 pm

        My dog has congestive heart failure as well. How can I get a tank? Please let me know!

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        • Margaret Goodman
          Margaret Goodman March 6, 2018 at 8:04 am

          Thank you for your inquiry, Ashley. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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    • Kelly

      How and where can o get portable oxygen for my dog ? Please let me know otherwise I have to put her down .

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      • Danielle Jason

        Thank you for your comment, Kelly. We have worked with many patients and their pets. Feel free to give one of our Oxygen Specialists a call at 877-774-9271 for immediate assistance. I have also passed along your information and a representative will reach out regarding your request.

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    • Maria louisa leine
      Maria louisa leine November 4, 2017 at 4:39 am

      Hi how can my daughter get an oxygen for her dog, he has congestive heart failure

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      • Danielle Jason

        Thank you for comment, Maria. I will pass along your information to one of our Oxygen Specialists who will reach out to you regarding your request. For more immediate assistance, feel free to reach out to us directly via 877-774-9271.

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  • Alexandra N Maxx
    Alexandra N Maxx November 3, 2017 at 7:25 am

    How do I get one for my dog? He has CHF and lung cancer and this would be wonderful

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment, Alexandra. We here at American Medical have provided many a furry friend with an oxygen concentrator. I have passed along your information to one of our Oxygen Specialists. If you'd like immediate assistance you can reach them via 877-774-9271.

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  • Joe Newton

    I'm going to call the number but was wondering if you could say how much something like this costs?

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment, Joe. The cost of the machine depends on which style of machine is required. Costs vary based on brand, medical setting requirements, weight, and more. If you'd like you can reach out to one of our specialists who can walk you through these questions to determine which unit is right for your situation and provide you the price. You can reach our specialists via [email protected] or at 877-774-9271.

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  • eileen

    I had to put my dog down 4 days ago because I was told she needed oxygen therapy and the cost would be $1,500 a day!! I am heartbroken.

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  • LoLisa Bradford

    How do I get one for my dog? He has CHF and fluid in the lungs this would be wonderful for him

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment. I have passed along your information to one of our Oxygen Specialists who will reach out shortly regarding your request.

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  • Dalia Elgebeily

    I live in Dubai UAE and my dog 12 years old has CHF I wonder if you can courier to UAE.

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  • Iona

    Have a cat the needs Oxygen. If some one can email me a price list and accessories list of everything I will need. Thank you

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your inquiry, Iona. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 877-774-9271 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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  • Delilah Mechelle Church
    Delilah Mechelle Church February 19, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Can one buy a oxygen machine for your dog

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  • SUZANNE M BECOTTE
    SUZANNE M BECOTTE March 2, 2018 at 3:13 am

    Can you please email me information for my dog, Cavalier King Charlesvwho is medium size and has mitral heart problems and needs periodic oxygen

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman March 6, 2018 at 6:26 am

      Thank you for your inquiry, Suzanne. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 877-774-9271 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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  • Suzanna

    Need oxygen set up for my chihuahua with late stage CHF!!!!

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman March 12, 2018 at 7:53 am

      Thank you for your inquiry, Suzanna. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email sales[email protected]

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    • Antoinette

      I made my own oxygen mask with a funnel latex glove and duct tape. My mom has a oxygen compressor makes its own air..i administer it to my dog..1200 a day is stupod the vets make it hard on people..just gotta be resourceful..my dog doing great

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  • Andrew

    Our yellow lab 11 yrs old has PNEUMONIA with fluids in his lungs. At vet on oxygen. Tried several times to take off oxygen. He lasts about 6 hours then has to go back on oxygen. Would love to get information.

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman April 10, 2018 at 3:40 am

      Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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  • Veronica Hernandez
    Veronica Hernandez April 28, 2018 at 2:39 am

    Can I please get prices for an oxygen machine for a small dog that has CHF. Thank you!

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman April 30, 2018 at 7:49 am

      Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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  • Hanna

    Please email me a cost of oxygen machine for a 5lb dog.

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman May 22, 2018 at 5:16 am

      One of our oxygen specialists will be reaching out to you shortly. If in the meantime you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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  • Suzie

    Our Yorkie has pneumonia (2nd time) and May need oxygen again. Can you please advise the cost of oxygen. Do you have tents?

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman May 23, 2018 at 8:08 am

      Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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  • Colleen

    Would an oxygen concentrator work for a change in altitude? We are moving to Colorado and the elevation is 7,000. We have an English Bulldog

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman June 18, 2018 at 6:35 am

      Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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  • Jennifer

    How much is it for a small dog with chf and/ or trachea issues

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman June 18, 2018 at 6:29 am

      Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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  • Chasity

    I have a dog with advancing primary lung cancer. I would like more information on oxygen therapy. Thanks

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    • Margaret Goodman

      Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

      Reply
  • ROsemary Lindemann
    ROsemary Lindemann October 12, 2018 at 6:28 am

    MY CHIA HAS AN ENLARGED HEART THAT APPPEARS (ON FILMS) to be pushing up on breathing vessel to heart and lungs. I have been referred to specialist but she gets so worked up, i am afraid she might not make it. Terrible car dog. Gets ALL WORKED UP AND GIVES HERSELF AN PANIC AND TURNS BLUE---TOO MUCH STRUGGLE!!!! hELP, WHERE DO i GET A pORTABLE OXYGEN TANK. ???

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  • Kristina L

    My dog has congestive heart failure as well. How can I get a tank? Please let me know!

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman October 29, 2018 at 7:52 am

      Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

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