Electrolyte Disturbance in Cats
If your cat is suffering from severe hypophosphatemia, your veterinarian will need to hospitalize the cat for immediate treatment. If the condition is caused by insulin therapy or intravenous nutrients and vitamins, these treatments will be suspended until supplemental phosphate has been administered for a few hours. If a condition of anemia is present, fresh whole blood transfusions may be required. Conversely, if your cat is only suffering a moderate case of hypophosphatemia, it may be treated on an outpatient basis as long as the cat's condition is stable.
Living and Management
Your veterinarian will need to measure your cat's phosphorus levels every 6–12 hours until the concentration of phosphorous remains stable within the normal range. If hyperphosphatemia recurs, all supplementation will be stopped and your cat will be provided with intravenous fluid until the phosphorus levels return to normal. Follow-up care will include monitoring your cat's condition for acute (sudden and severe) renal failure, a condition that some hyperphosphatemic patients become more prone to, and monitoring potassium concentrations daily until they, too, are remaining stable.
The product of metabolism of fat; may also be referred to as bodies of ketone or ketone bodies
An atom that has a positive or negative charge
A condition of poor health that results from poor feeding or no feeding at all
A muscle that is involved in voluntary movement
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
A hormone created by the pancreas that helps to regulate the flow of glucose
The failure of the kidneys to perform their proper functions
Less oxygen than normal in the blood
Having a hard time breathing; breathing takes great pains
A condition of the blood in which normal red blood cell counts or hemoglobin are lacking.
A red blood cell that carries oxygen
The protein that moves oxygen in the blood
The breakdown of blood cells
Term used to imply that a situation or condition is more severe than usual; also used to refer to a disease having run a short course or come on suddenly.
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