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ABCs Guide to Cat Common Poisons- Be cat health aware.

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Here’s the fourth and final article in our series ABCs Guide to common cat poisons. We hope our readers read our first three articles in the series of essential ABCs facts about common poisons to help you protect your pets.

A final thanks to the Pet Place Veterinarians for their far-reaching article Your Guide to Common Cat Poisoning, the basis for our sequence of summarized articles on pet poisoning materials that are toxic and can seriously jeopardize cat health. Watch your pet and survey your domicile for any of these common poisons in places where your pet can discover them

The Pet Place Veterinarians suggest:

General Information. There is not much you can do at home for most poisoning. Call or visit your veterinarian or veterinary emergency facility if you think your pet has been poisoned. For some ingested common poisons, your veterinarian may recommend inducing vomiting before bringing the pet in for examination and treatment. Inducing vomiting of a toxic substance should never be done unless specifically directed by a veterinarian. For topical exposures, bathing in lukewarm water with a mild dish soap can reduce further toxin absorption before the pet is examined and treated by a veterinarian.

Following is the last in a series of an ABC listing of common cat poisoning items. Please see the full articles for a comprehensive description to help you with your cat health concerns.

Also, watch the video and learn how cane toads, poisonous to cats, are killing small crocodiles.

Remember, always be sure to keep all toxic poisoning medications out of your cat's reach and keep trash cans covered as a concern for cat health awareness.

ABCs Guide to cat common poisons, N-Q

Rat Poison. Rodenticide poisoning, accidental ingestion of toxic products used to kill rodents- mice, rats and gophers. Common products and accidental exposure to cats is frequent. Poisoning commonly caused by eating a common poisons product containing: bromethalin, cholecalciferol (vitamin D3), strychnine, zinc phosphide and anticoagulants (such as warfarin, fumarin, chlorophacinone, diphacinone, pindone, bromadiolone, brodaficoum). Impact on pet cat health varies per type of toxic common poisons ingested. Cats may develop a bleeding disorder, neurological problems, gastrointestinal distress or kidney failure. Rodenticide poisoning is sometimes fatal. Call your veterinarian immediately.

Smoke Inhalation can create major damage in airways. Pets, as well as people, can quickly succumb to the toxic effects of smoke inhalation. If your pet is exposed to smoke, remove him from the area immediately and provide him with access to fresh air. Contact your vet quickly. Your pet will require additional medical treatment for a successful outcome.

Strychnine. Strychnine, toxin derived from seeds of Strychnos nux vomica and S. ignatii, used to control rats, moles, other predators. When ingested by cats, it is extremely toxic, and can cause death. Direct exposure to bait most common cause in cats, intentional poisonings are not uncommon. Toxicity can occur from ingestion of poisoned rodents and birds. Primary effect of toxin is on neurological system, interfering with inhibitory transmitters, producing state of muscle rigidity and stimulation. Death often results from effect on muscles that stimulate breathing. Contact your veterinarian at once. He or she may tell you to induce vomiting immediately, if within minutes of ingestion. Take poison packages with you to vet's office.

Toads. Colorado River toad and giant toad (also called the marine toad) are most common poisonous toads found in United States. Most toads bitter tasting, usually resulting in profuse drooling if tasted. Only a couple of species of toads are truly poisonous. Poisonous secretions from these toads can affect animals who come in contact with them, causing many clinical signs. Poison is highly toxic to pets. Cats have a high probability of dying if untreated.

Topical Poisons. Poisoning associated with topical medications is uncommon in dogs and cats. The topical product usually associated with toxicity is an unsuitably applied topical flea product. The products precisely labeled for use in dogs can result in serious toxicity if administered to cats. The toxic substance in these products is permethrin, which can have devastating effects if given to cats (see Permethrin). Permethrin is an insecticide used in agriculture to protect crops and kill livestock parasites and in industrial settings for pest control. Permethrin is an insecticide used in agriculture to protect crops and kill livestock parasites and in industrial settings for pest control. Permethrin has a habit of being labeled as natural because it is derived from dried chrysanthemum flowers. Permethrin is found on produce in the form of residue and on flea collars.

Tylenol, or Acetaminophen… medication used to ease fever and pain. Common brands include Tylenol®, Percoset®, aspirin free Excedrin® and various sinus, cold and flu medications. One regular strength acetaminophen tablet is toxic and potentially lethal to a cat. Contact your family veterinarian or local veterinary emergency facility immediately if cat ingests only one tablet.

Vitamins toxicity occurs when intake of a dietary vitamin exceeds normal requirements causing adverse signs or disease. Normal requirements differ for different vitamins and there are a variety of causes of vitamin toxicity, depending on the type of vitamin.

Zinc poisoning toxicity may occur in cats that ingest a form of zinc, also is often seen in young dogs. Most common, pennies minted after 1982, zinc nuts and bolts from transport cages, galvanized metals, zinc-containing ointments (e.g. zinc oxide ointment) and zinc game board pieces. Zinc directly irritating to stomach linings, causes gastrointestinal irritation & potentially fatal blood disorder. Signs include vomiting, diarrhea, and lack of appetite, lethargy and pale gums. A toxic dose for a typical cat may be only 1 penny.

For more information go to: Your Guide to Common Cat Poisonings


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