Category First aid for cats

Recognizing an Emergency in Cats: Who and When to Call
First aid for cats

Recognizing an Emergency in Cats: Who and When to Call

If you're a typical pet owner, you have probably faced this quandary: Your beloved companion may be ill, but you don't know whether you're overreacting or whether you should bring her in to a veterinarian. And she can't tell you if something is bothering her, or how serious it is. The simplest way to determine if it is an emergency is if you are concerned, contact a veterinarian.

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20 Common House Plants: Are They Dangerous to Your Cat?

House plants are popular additions to many rooms. Usually, plants and pets live together harmoniously, although some curious pets often venture to take a little taste. Listed below are 20 of the most popular houseplants and their levels of toxicity. Philodendron. Mildly toxic. Chewing or ingesting can result in irritation of the mouth and throat.
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Inhaled Toxins in Cats

Pets can be poisoned by a number of ways. Besides ingesting toxic substances, they can breathe in toxins present in the air. The most common inhaled toxins are carbon monoxide and smoke from fires. Carbon monoxide is typically associated with confinement in a running vehicle but can also occur in a home with improper ventilation and faulty furnaces.
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Poison Ivy or Poison Oak in Cats

Poison oak and poison ivy belong to the group of plants called toxicodendron species. These are also known as Rhus species. The toxic principle in poison oak and poison ivy is urushiol. This toxin is an oil resin found in the plant sap. Animals are quite resistant to the effects of urushiol but can transmit the toxin to a person.
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Sago Palm Toxicity in Cats

Picture it: a sunny, sandy beach; a warm, tropical breeze; a comfortable lounge chair with a cool, refreshing drink enjoyed under swaying palm fronds. It may sound wonderful, but pet poisonings from the increasingly popular Sago Palm are on the rise. Palm trees have long been icons of the tropics, evoking images of an island paradise.
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Spring and Summer Plant Toxicity in Cats

Holidays are often times that gifts are given. For some, flowers do not last long enough and a plant is a better, and longer lasting, gift. But if your family includes pets, you may want to learn which plants are safe and which to avoid. Springtime holidays are often associated with bulb plants and ingestion of the bulbs causes the most severe illness.
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Poisonous Plants and Your Cat

Plants are attractive to cats. Though they're strict carnivores, cats seem to like the texture of certain plants, especially those that have grass-like leaves or fine texture, such as baby's breath, fine ferns and dried flowers. Some plants, such as the Easter lily, are serious poisons. Most will at least act as an emetic, which means your cat will vomit soon after eating.
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Overdose and Toxicity in Cats

Care must be taken to follow your veterinarian's recommendations regarding medication administration. Problems associated with medication include allergic reactions, overdose and toxicity. Allergic reactions are uncommon. There is no way for your veterinarian to predict which medications your pet is allergic to so you must watch your pet carefully while on any medication, even the same medication he has received in the past.
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Super Glue Toxicity (Super glue Ingestion) in Cats

Super glue is a common household item kept in kitchens and offices. Super glue is not among the top animal poisons, but cats may be exposed causing questions about their toxicity. There are several types of glue including white glue, super glue and expandable glues. The most toxic of these glues are the expandable glues.
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Home Care of the Cat with an Ear Infection

An ear infection, also known by the medical term Otitis Externa in Cats (which means inflammation of the outer ear), is a common condition that may affect more than 20% of all cats. In fact, it is one of the top 20 reasons cats go to their veterinarian. Below are some common questions cat owners ask about ear infections.
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Home Care for the Cat with Vomiting and Diarrhea

Vomiting and diarrhea are the most common symptoms seen in cats. They can occur alone or together. It can be a very minor self-limiting problem or a very significant major problem. Below are some common questions pet owners ask when their cat has vomiting and diarrhea. The focus of this article will be on how you can care for these problems at home.
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Gasoline and Petroleum Toxicity in Cats

Gasoline and other petroleum products are not among the top animal poisons, but they can cause illness if ingested or exposed to the skin. The most common petroleum products associated with illness include motor oil, gasoline, kerosene, propane and diesel. Toxicity caused by petroleum products is based on the thinness and lightness of the product.
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Is My Cat's Incision Healing Normally?

Your cat recently came home after having surgery. It is now up to you to make sure the incision heals properly. But how can you tell if the redness and swelling are part of a normal healing process or signs of trouble? Any breakdown of the skin, including wounds, lacerations and incisions, stimulate the body's immune system.
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Dealing with Cat Hair

If cleaning up pet hair is part of your everyday life, there are some strategies that can help you reduce the amount of hair in your house, car, clothes and furniture. Pet hair can be a nuisance and even cause medical conditions, like allergies and asthma, to flare. Here are a few suggestions for controlling that endless pet hair.
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Dealing with Cats Who Eat Plants

Anyone who has ever owned a cat will immediately recognize the thorny "problem" of plant eating. This behavior is not so much a problem for the cat as for the plant-loving cat owner - just as long as the plant is not toxic. Toxic plants, like Easter lilies, Oleander and Dieffenbachia, shouldn't be around unless the owner can assure that the cat will never be able to reach them.
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First Aid Kit for Cats

Emergencies can occur any time and the best thing to do is be prepared. Having a first aid kit ready will help to reduce anxiety if an emergency does happen. Keep the kit readily available and periodically check to make sure all the items are up to date and present. A small plastic toolbox or fishing tackle box works well to hold all the necessary equipment.
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Lead Toxicity in Cats

Lead toxicity refers to poisoning due to ingestion or inhalation of products containing the element lead. Cats may be exposed to lead from several different sources including: Lead paint, paint chips and/or paint dust from homes that are being renovated or remodeled. Paints produced prior to 1977 contain high lead levels.
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Amitraz Toxicity in Cats

Amitraz is an effective insecticide used in some brands of dog tick collars and topical solutions. It readily kills ticks and mites, but it is also used to treat demodectic mange. This type of tick collar is not recommended for use in cats. The cats most commonly affected by amitraz toxicity are those that have an amitraz based tick collar placed on them by mistake.
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Ethanol Toxicity in Cats

Ethanol is an alcohol that is used commonly as a solvent (liquid that dissolves) in medications and is the major ingredient of alcoholic beverages. It's also called ethyl alcohol and grain alcohol. Toxicity occurs when an excessive amount is ingested, and can cause a wide variety of signs, including death.
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Strychnine Poisoning in Cats

Strychnine is a toxin derived from the seeds of Strychnos nux vomica and S. ignatii , used to control rats, moles and other predators. However, when ingested by cats, it is extremely toxic, and can cause death. Direct exposure to bait is the most common cause in cats, although intentional poisonings are not uncommon.
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