Treatment will depend on the originating cause of the edema. For cats that have developed edema secondary to a bodily infection, the application of warm compresses is advised. In some cases, surgery or drainage may be necessary for treating the underlying cause. Severely edematous (swollen) limbs may require amputation if the condition cannot be resolved. Medication to treat the symptoms also depends on the underlying cause for the edema.
Monitoring after initial treatment on the cat will include complete blood counts, urine tests to check for protein concentrations in urine, and a series of biopsies of affected tissues, such as kidney tissues.
Lifestyle changes may be necessary depending on the cause of the edema. For example, a cat that has suffered from congestive heart failure should have its activity restricted during the recovery period. The prognosis for cats with peripheral edema depends on the underlying cause of the condition.
Some causes of localized edema may be prevented with general safety measures, such as protecting your cat from hazardous areas like roads, where injury may occur, and preventing access to toxic substances and poisonous animals, such as snakes and spiders.
Anything pertaining to the blood vessel system in the body
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
A type of band that is used to assist in the drawing of blood or to stop bleeding
High levels of sodium in the blood
The collection of fluid in the tissue
A large blood vessel that transports blood out of the heart.
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
The process of removing all or part of a body part; usually refers to a limb (arm or leg) and is done for medical reasons.
A record of the activity of the myocardium