Human medicines toxic to cats at a glance
With 50% of calls to the Pet Poison Hotline, we look at common human medications which are toxic to cats, these include:
At a glance
About: Anaplasmosis is a tick-borne infection caused by the intracellular bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum which takes up residence in the white blood cells of cats and other warm-blooded mammals.
Transmission: Ticks spread the bacteria when they feed on an infected animal. Bacteria in the host blood are ingested and make their way to the salivary glands of the tick. From there into the next host when the tick feeds on a blood meal.
Symptoms: Cats are often asymptomatic to anaplasmosis. When symptoms do present, they include loss of appetite, fever, lethargy, and lameness.
Diagnosis: Baseline tests including complete physical examination and medical history, blood count, biochemical profile and urinalysis. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) can diagnose infection.
Treatment: Mildly affected cats may require no treatment at all — antibiotics for symptomatic cats.
Vestibular disease is a condition in which the cat develops incoordination due to several disorders affecting the vestibular apparatus in the inner ear or brainstem. The vestibular system is responsible for providing the brain with vital information about orientation and direction relative to gravity. This information means your cat is aware if he is turning, upside down, right side up, walking, running or falling.
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Mast cell tumours (mastocytoma) are skin tumours which have arisen from mast cells, which are a type of white blood cell formed in the bone marrow. These cells are found throughout the body but concentrate at points of contact between the cat and the outside world, especially the skin, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, and conjunctiva.
Changes in behaviour can be the first clue that there is something wrong with your cat. Cats are hardwired to hide signs of sickness but do provide subtle clues.
What are cuterebra?
Cuterebra (pronounced cuter-ree-brah) are larvae of the botfly who are obligate parasites to rabbits and other lagomorphs. Cats are accidental hosts who become infected when they come into contact with infective larvae (also known as bots or maggots).
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