Anticoagulant Poisoning in Cats
If your cat is suffering from spontaneous bleeding caused by anticoagulants, the treatment will involve administering fresh whole blood, or frozen plasma, in an amount determined by the rate and volume of your cat's blood loss. Vitamin K, necessary for normal blood clotting, will be used specifically as an antidote, and will be given by subcutaneous (under the skin) injections, with repeated doses as necessary – by injection or even orally - until the blood clotting time returns to normal.
Do not induce vomiting unless you have been advised to do so by your veterinarian. Some poisons can cause more harm coming back through the esophagus than they did going down.
Living and Management
If it is the mild, cumulative form anticoagulant that has been consumed, your cat may recover in a week, but if it was the lethal, single dose anticoagulant, it may take a month for a recovery. Recovery depends upon the time that has elapsed from when the poison was ingested and when treatment for it began.
Anticoagulant poisoning can be prevented by keeping all poisons out of the reach of your cat. An important precaution to keep in mind as well: if you, or anyone in your family are taking prescribed blood thinning drug(s), it is highly recommended that the drigs be kept up and out of your pet's reach – ideally inside of a cabinet. This precaution holds true for all medications, drugs, and chemicals.
Found underneath the dermis
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
The very end of the large intestine
The tube that extends from the mouth to the stomach
Any substance used to combat the effects of certain poisons.
Term used to refer to any drug that is used to slow down or stop the clotting of blood for medical purposes.
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