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What are the symptoms of antifreeze poisoning in cats
Symptoms of antifreeze poisoning in cats include:
lack of coordination, and
How is antifreeze poisoning in cats diagnosed?
Your vet will give the anti-freeze test to see if your cat has antifreeze poisoning.
This test is fast, easy and cheap. The vet will add a small amount of antifreeze to a small amount of blood. If your cat has antifreeze poisoning, you will notice that the blood test turns a reddish colour.
What is the treatment for antifreeze poisoning in cats?
The treatment for antifreeze poisoning in cats is to remove the antifreeze from their system. This needs to be done quickly as it can cause organ damage.
The vet will use a drip to remove the antifreeze. If the antifreeze is in the cat’s eye, the vet might use a special eye drop to get rid of it.
The vet may also give your cat an antidote to help with the symptoms.
How can I prevent my cat from getting antifreeze poisoning?
The best way to prevent your cat from getting antifreeze poisoning is to ensure that you have an antifreeze-free water supply.
If your cat gets antifreeze poisoning, it is important that you take your cat to the vet straight away.
Can antifreeze poisoning in cats affect other pets in my home?
If you have an antifreeze-free water supply, it is unlikely that antifreeze poisoning in cats will affect other pets in your home.
However, if you suspect your cat has antifreeze poisoning, you should still take your cat to the vet straight away.
“Unfortunately, after chocolate poisoning in dogs, antifreeze poisoning in cats is the most common poisoning we see. It’s all about recognising the signs and getting your pet to the vet and getting the vet to act quickly.” James recommends: “If you think your cat may have access to antifreeze or appears drunk, confused or wobbly on his feet, pick up the phone whatever time of day or night and get him to a vet. “The signs are often missed but if you treat these pets in the early stages, the cat is very likely to survive. We’ve saved quite a few cats over the years, but once they have kidney failure, it’s probably... Read more
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