Acetaminophen Toxicity In Cats: Symptoms and Treatment For Poisoning

Acetaminophen Toxicity In Cats: Symptoms and Treatment For Poisoning

November 18, 2010 | Cat Health | Leave a Comment |

Acetaminophen toxicity in cats usually happen when the cat accidentally ingest the medication. The drug is marketed under the following brands:

  • Tylenol
  • Percoset
  • Feverall
  • Liquiprin
  • Panadol
  • Tempra
  • Midol

It is also found as part of a cocktail for various flu and sinus medications.

Acetaminophen Overdose in Cates Signs and Symptoms

Acetaminophen overdose usually occur in relation to accidental ingestion. It may also be a consequence of mis-dosage or of prolonged acetaminophen use. The symptoms of the condition can be classified into three stages

Stage One – This typically occurs on the first 12 hours after ingestion.

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  • Vomiting.
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  • Breathing difficulty
  • Dullness
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Drooling
  • Brown-colored gums in place of normal pink

Stage 2 – Typically occurs 12 to 24 hours after ingestion

  • Puffiness of the face, limbs, and lips
  • Uncoordinated movements
  • Convulsions
  • Coma
  • Potential Death

Stage 3 – More than 24 hours after ingestion

  • Liver Failure – This is because acetaminophen is processed in the liver.
  • Yellow tinge to eyes and skin
  • Change in Behavior
  • Hemolysis –This is destruction of the blood vessels
  • Formation of Methemoglobin, which are blood cells that cannot carry oxygen

What to Do for Poisoning in Cats?

  • Seeking immediate veterinary help is necessary in acetaminophen poisoning.
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  • When possible determine the amount of acetaminophen ingested
  • Determine the time of ingestion

Treatment

  • Vomiting – This may be induced when the poisoning is recent, within 4 hours
  • Activated Charcoal – Helps to prevent further absorption of acetaminophen
  • Gastric Lavage – Removes remaining acetaminophen from the body
  • Vitamin C – Helps to hasten the removal of acetaminophen from the body
  • Intravenous Fluid Therapy
  • Hospitalization
  • Blood Transfusions – Done for severe cases

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