Tick Borne Diseases in Cats

Tick borne diseases in cats

What are ticks?

Ticks are small ectoparasites, meaning they live on the outside of their host, and are members of the arachnid family (spiders and mites are also members of this family). There are over 800 species of tick, and their distribution is worldwide. Australia has around 70 species of tick. There are several diseases cats can pick up from tick bites which we will cover below.

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Visiting A Sick Cat At The Vet

Visiting a sick cat at the veterinary hospital

Sometimes it may be necessary for your cat to stay at the veterinary surgery for a period to be treated for and/or recovery from an illness or surgery. Hospitalisation of a cat is often a difficult time for both the cat and the owner and many people ask if they should visit your cat while he is at the hospital.

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Blood Transfusion For Cats

Blood transfusion in cats

About

A blood transfusion is a life-saving procedure where blood or blood products from a donor are given to a cat to treat a medical disorder. This may be whole blood (containing all four components of the blood) or blood components (plasma, platelets, etc.).

Blood is a part of the circulatory system which comprises of the blood, blood vessels, and the heart. It carries oxygen and nutrients around the body and removes waste products such as carbon dioxide. The average 5kg cat has about 325ml of blood.

Blood has four components; red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets.

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