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Permethrin toxicity in cats

Vet Emergency Permethrin toxicity in cats

A common cause of toxicity in cats presented to emergency vet clinics is the application and/or accidental exposure to canine insecticide and flea products containing the active ingredient permethrin.

Permethrin is part of the “pyrethroid“ class of toxins which affect the central nervous system. As a general rule, any product containing pyrethroids should not be used in cats as they are very sensitive to these toxins.

Clinical signs usually occur within hours of exposure and affected cats can exhibit signs of seizures, muscle tremors, shaking, drooling and vomiting. Affected patients require emergency vet care to control and treat seizures and muscle tremors.

If you have any concerns about your cat having come into contact with permethrin or pyrethroid containing products then do not hesitate to contact your local animal emergency hospital.

Essendon Fields: (03) 9379 0700
Point Cook: (03) 8368 7400

 

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Keep Your Cat Safe – Lily Flower Toxicity in Cats

 

 

 

 

Emergency Vet Melbourne Cat Lily Flower Toxicity

With Mothers Day approaching this weekend, we thought it was important to write about Lily Flower Toxicity in Cats.

Lily flowers are toxic for cats and can cause death. Toxicities in pets are a common cause of vet emergency. Lily toxicity is seen most often during holidays and on special occasions such as Valentine’s day and Mother’s day when flower bouquets are given as gifts.

Rubrum lily Tiger Lily Easter Lily

Many lily species are toxic to felines and can include, but not limited to:
• Easter lily
• Tiger lilyR
• Rubrum lily
• Stargazer Lily
• Japanese show lily
• Red lily
• Western lily
• Wood lily
• Day lily

All parts of the plant are toxic and a small amount, even 1-2 leaves, can be lethal. Toxicity can cause kidney failure, vomiting, diarrhea and seizures.

If your cat potentially ingested lily’s prompt and early intervention often leads to a good prognosis, however once clinical signs develop and progress then it may be too late to reverse the damage done.

If you have any concern about your cat ingesting Lilies you should contacting your local vet or 24 hour pet hospital immediately as lily ingestion is an animal emergency.

Essendon Fields: (03) 9379 0700
Point Cook: (03) 8368 7400

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Cats and Hot Weather

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Cats love nothing better than to lay in sunny spots around their homes. Catching a few morning rays, they are the picture of ultimate relaxation. But, as the summer heat starts to kick in  and temperatures start to climb, cats are going to be exposed to the dangers of heat stroke (hyperttheirmia). They will instinctively search for cooler spots to spend their time.  Their are some ways in which you can help your cat beat the heat and make their life bearable during the hot weather.

Invest in large, shady potted plants. Make sure they will provide ample shade for your cat. Check with your local vet to ensure they are not toxic.

Provide cat with cooler places to lie down.

If feasible, keep your air conditioner or cooler running throughout the day for the ultimate in comfort.

Leave your plug out of your sink and turn on the water just to a trickle. The noise of the water will bring cat in to investigate. They will play with the water.

Instead of giving ice water to your cat on hot days, which can worsen the situation simply provide them with clean, cool water daily.

Your cat may start panting. This is their first attempt to maintain their body temperature. They will also start to over-groom themself in an attempt to lower their body temperature. Once the saliva dries on their fur, they will begin to cool down.

You may notice when they walks across a tile floor, you will see moist paw prints left. Cats sweat through their foot pads. If your home is hot, and you don’t see moist paw prints, that should raise concern.

They may dig a large hole in their litter pan and park themself inside. Cats are originally desert-dwelling creatures. They instinctively know that the sand will bring welcome relief.

To provide relief to your cat  keep your curtains or blinds closed in the daytime. Plus, you can leave your windows wide open as well and your cat can’t escape.

If you allow your cat access to your balcony be sure the balcony is properly screened so they can’t fall off. Place large potted plants around the balcony to provide shade, or use  inexpensive screens to create a shady cave for your cat.

 

You can check for dehydration by:

Checking your cat’s mouth. Press your finger lightly against their gums (which should be pink and happy) Your print should leave an impression for about a second then the gums pink up again. If they stay pale, or appear streaked or white, get cat to the vet now.

You can also  check for dehydration, while yourcat is at rest, gently pick up the scruff of their neck, without lifting their body. Pinch the scruff lightly, release. The skin should fold down within seconds. If it remains in a pinched position- get your cat to the vet!

Summer is a time of relaxation and fun. But as the warmer months approach, be on the alert for any heat- related problems. If you find that your cat is in the middle of heat stroke, place a cool  wet towel around your cat while they are being transported to the vet.  If you put them inside a carrier for transport, be sure and place them on a cool, wet towel to help lower their body temperature.

 

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