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Poisoning in Cats

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The goal of treatment is to neutralize the ingested substance to prevent further absorption into the cat's body, and to provide supportive measures to your pet. When possible, an antidote based upon what was ingested will be administered.


There are several treatment options to assist in the removal of the toxic substance and the rehabilitation of your cat, including supportive behavior to alleviate pain and control body temperature.


If your cat is unable to breathe, an emergency airway must be established quickly to prevent asphyxiation. If your pet’s heart has stopped, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or massage of the heart (cardiac massage) may be required to regain a proper heartbeat.



The use of enemas and activated charcoal will help to prevent further absorption into the body, and external oils can be used to prevent absorption into the skin as the substance passes through the body.


Your veterinarian may also choose gastric lavage (internal washing). Using a tube passed into the stomach and filled with water to flush the cat's system, the substance will be washed directly from the stomach. Diuretic drugs will enhance the secretion of the substance through the urinary tract.


For serious conditions, filtering of the kidneys with a dialysis machine may be recommended to remove the substance from the cat's blood and kidneys.


Living and Management


You will need to observe your cat to track its progression. Following treatment, your veterinarian will continue to monitor your pet and determine whether its condition is improving or worsening. Fluid therapy will be recommended to keep your pet hydrated.




The best method of prevention is to keep all harmful substances out of your cat's reach in and around the home.



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