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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.



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