Magnesium Deficiency in Cats
Treatment depends on the underlying cause of the abnormality and the severity of the hypomagnesemia. Because severe hypomagnesemia can be fatal, prompt and appropriate treatment is essential. Mild hypomagnesemia may resolve with treatment of the underlying disorder; however, if hypomagnesemia is severe, intensive care will be needed.
If digoxin is being prescribed, its use will have to be discontinued, if possible, until the hypomagnesemia has been resolved, and diuretics will need to be used with caution, or another form of fluid removal prescribed. In addition, it must be kept in mind that hpermagnesemia – too much magnesium in the body – is possible with overzealous treatment.
Living and Management
Initially, your veterinarian will want to check your cat's magnesium and calcium concentrations on a daily basis. During magnesium infusions, your doctor will also want to administer an ECG continuously to make sure that your cat's heart is staying within its normal rhythm.
The administration of something through a route other than the normal route, which is through the gastro intestinal tract
Any sub stance that allows impulses to be transmitted from one neuron to the next
A muscle that is involved in voluntary movement
A medical condition in which the patient has an abnormally fast heartbeat
The area found between the muscles and the endings of the nerves
A condition of poor health that results from poor feeding or no feeding at all
A substance that causes chemical change to another
A record of the activity of the myocardium
Eliminating or the material that has actually been eliminated
A magnesium deficiency in the blood
A procedure used to get waste out of the blood when the kidneys are unable to function
The group of processes that involve the use of nutrients by the body
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