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Overproduction of Red Blood Cells in Cats

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Treatment

 

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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