Bark n Wag 15 Minute Vet Talk
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Each week Bark & Wag will interview Veterinarians and individuals in the pet industry from across the nation answering your questions about your pet. Visit barknwag.com/podcast to ask questions and view past podcasts.
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Poisoning most often occurs when pet owners accidentally apply dog-specific topical flea/tick products to their cats.
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Dr. Millie Armstrong discusses what happens if you put your dog's flea collar on your cat. Poisoning most often occurs when pet owners accidentally apply dog-specific topical flea/tick products to their cats. Those roducts that contain insecticides from the pyrethrin or pyrethroid family are the culprit (e.g, permethrin, cyphenothrin, etc.). While these insecticides are safe for dogs (and people), they are extremely toxic to cats because our feline friends lack the metabolic pathway to quickly detoxify these chemicals. Dogs and people, on the other hand, are rarely poisoned by these chemicals. Cats can also be exposed by grooming a dog that recently had the product applied or, rarely, even licking the bedding of a dog following application. Remember, cats are not just small dogs. It’s best to think of them as an alien life form that does not obey the rules of other mammals. The First Thing an Owner Should Do Generally speaking, if you notice your mistake within a few minutes of application, the best option is to immediately (and thoroughly) bathe your cat with liquid hand-dishwashing soap (e.g., Dawn). We recommend two to three latherings just to be safe. If like you liken the idea of bathing your cat to wrestling an alligator, you’re better off bringing him straight to your vet for a thorough cleaning. If you don’t notice your mistake until your kitty starts showing twitches or tremors, DO NOT BATHE! Bring your cat immediately to your vet instead. If you were to put a twitching/tremoring cat into the water, chances are that she will become so overstimulated that she’ll start to have seizures. Instead, your vet will sedate your cat, stop the tremors and then safely decontaminate her. If you caught your mistake in time to safely bathe your cat, your next step is to monitor her very closely for at least 8-12 hours. By "monitoring very closely," we mean checking on her at least every 15 minutes. Set a timer and be diligent about this. Do go to a movie and leave her at home, do not go grocery shopping, do not go on an hour-long run, and most important of all, do not go to bed! We’ve had several occasions where pet owners thought they had thoroughly bathed their cat and, believing all was well, went to sleep for the night. They then awoke to find their kitty with severe tremors or seizing the next morning. These are terrifying situations and completely preventable. If you aren’t ab
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Date published: 2016-09-11