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Septicemia and Bacteremia in Cats



Successful treatment involves diagnosing the problem quickly enough to receive prompt treatment and aggressive intervention. It is important that the problem be addressed as soon as possible due to the possible severity of the condition. Low blood pressure is the most common complication of the disease. Other complications associated with this disease include low blood sugar and electrolyte imbalances. Infections are also common. Cats may be more prone to developing an abscess from an infected wound under the skin.


Nutritional support can dramatically improve the health of cats with sepsis and bacteremia. If your cat is not able to eat by itself it may be necessary to place an intravenous feeding tube until it has stabalized. Medications that may help improve the outcome include antibiotics, antimicrobials, and specialized antibiotics that work specifically on this type of infection (as opposed to routine antibiotics).


Living and Management


It is possible for complications to occur, and a high rate of mortality is associated with this condition. The primarily concerns associated with this are electrolyte imbalances, low blood pressure, and shock. It is extremely critical to seek prompt medical attention for your cat if you suspect any type of infection is imminent or present.



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