For this condition, your cat should be hospitalized. Your veterinarian will decide, dependent on the underlying cause of the polycythemia, whether your cat needs to have some of the excess red blood cells removed by opening a vein - called a phlebotomy, or “letting” - and whether the excess has been caused by low levels of oxygen in the blood, which would require some amount of oxygen therapy. Your cat may also need to be treated with fluid therapy, or with medication if there is a diagnosis of a blood marrow disorder (myeloproliferative/polycythemia vera).
Living and Management
Your veterinarian will schedule follow-up appointments with your pet as necessary to assure a normal packed cell volume, and to follow progress.
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A gland found in the neck of humans and animals that secretes glands responsible for metabolic rate, calcitonin, and others.
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
A condition of different cells; means extra erythrocytes
A type of hormone, also called adrenaline
A medical condition in which the body has lost fluid or water in excessive amounts
The gland that produces the hormone adrenaline and others; helps to regulate the metabolism, electrolytes, and even sexual function; also helps to regulate the way the body responds to injury, trauma, etc. The adrenal gland is found near the kidney. Also referred to as the suprarenal gland.
The protein that moves oxygen in the blood