Salmonella Infection in Cats

Treatment

 

Outpatient treatment is often possible in uncomplicated cases. However, if a cat has sepsis or a severe case of salmonellosis, inpatient care may be necessary, especially for kittens that have developed severe dehydration as a result of the infection.

 

Treatment may include rehydrating the cat, helping it to overcome severe weight and fluid loss, and replacing lost electrolytes. In severe cases of salmonellosis, plasma or blood transfusions may be necessary to help replace fluids and serum albumin.

 

They are some antimicrobials available to your veterinarian that may be used for treating cats with salmonellosis. Glucocorticoids, a form of adrenal or steroid hormone, may also help to prevent shock in cats with severe salmonellosis.

 

Living and Management

 

Your veterinarian may order a 48-hour food restriction as part of your pet's care. In some cases, cat owners need to be separated from their pets during the acute stage of the disease because of the zoonosis of salmonellosis. Strict attention to hygiene is essential for preventing further spread of disease, which is often shed in the infected animal's stool.

 

It is important to provide your cat a nutritionally-balanced diet. Avoid giving your cat raw or undercooked meat, as this is a risk factor for salmonellosis. If possible, avoid animal pounds and shelters, as overcrowding may also promote the spread of disease.

 

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