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Amphetamine Poisoning in Cats

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Treatment

 

If ingestion has just occurred and the cat is still ambulatory and not having seizures, vomiting may be induced using hydrogen peroxide, or ipecac. Consult your veterinarian for instructions.

 

Activated charcoal may be used to adsorb the poison in the stomach. Gastric lavage (“pumping the stomach”) may be necessary as well.

 

Intravenous fluid therapy may be necessary to dilute the toxicity. Your veterinarian may also administer sedatives and/or anticonvulsants to control seizures and reduce stimulation of the nervous system. Cooling measures may be necessary if the cat’s body temperature rises to dangerous levels.

 

Finally, your veterinarian will want to monitor your cat’s blood chemistry results. Kidney function tests must be closely monitored in cats poisoned with amphetamines. Additionally, blood pressure and body temperature must be monitored.

 

Living and Management

 

Once returned home, a cat that has suffered from amphetamine poisoning must be kept in a calm quiet atmosphere to facilitate recovery.

 

Prevention

 

In order to prevent accidental amphetamine poisoning, keep all prescription medications secured in a location inaccessible to your cat.

 

 
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