How to give your cat activated charcoal
Activated charcoal – coal animal or vegetable origin that has undergone special treatment. Refers to a group of medicines that are used in various kinds of poisoning. Acts as a powerful absorbent, absorbing alkaloids, gases, toxins, poisons, salts of heavy metals, and outputs it from the body. If human use does not cause any disputes, many owners of four-legged Pets care questions: how to give your cat activated charcoal, is it possible to do that, doesn't it put the health of the animal?
Why cats can occur poisoning
If you have a pet, especially a small, then each owner should realize that his pet is not safe from the various unpleasant incidents, particularly, from poisoning. Cats – animals are very curious, but cautious. Accidentally get poisoned, they can seldom, as they have a very highly developed sense of smell. But the kitten such force majeure can threaten more likely because the kids have a sense of smell either absent or weakened. Sometimes they like to eat any food, not intended for immature stomach, the result of this curiosity may be food poisoning, upset stomach, diarrhea.
Many owners are confident that if the cat does not leave the dwelling, the poisoning does not threaten her. This is a typical misconception. According to the statistics which lead vets, 10% of all cases of applications to clinics for animals takes place in the poisoning. The reason for this may serve as a natural curiosity and hunting instincts cats (they love to try on the tooth new substances, plants), spoiled food, expired food or even the habit of constantly licking the coat (it was on the fluffy "fur" and you can get hazardous substances – poorly washed flea shampoo, chemicals).
Adult animal poisoning in most cases of "obliged" to their owners, who with their careless, reckless actions put the lives and health of pet danger. This is incorrect treatment of cats with potent drugs or intoxicity – compounds for control of rodents in the house. These products contain chemicals that are unsafe for the body furry Pets. To digest their own cat not able.
The owner of the animal must be known symptoms that will help you determine that his pet poisoning:
- breathing shallow;
- the manifestation of allergic reactions;
- behavior change;
- refusal to eat;
- strong salivation;
- trembling throughout the body;
- violation of movement coordination;
- dilated pupils;
- loss of consciousness.
The surest and safest way of providing cat care in case of poisoning – immediate access to the vet. However, this possibility is not always available. If the owner knows that the animal is poisoned, he can give him activated charcoal, which is available in the body all without exception.
How to give your cat activated charcoal
Veterinary workers claim that activated charcoal will not harm the health of cats, so give it. It does not cause side effects, the main thing – to strictly follow the dosage. In self to do dangerous, however, with the appearance of signs of poisoning the owner must take immediate action. First, move your pet outside or at least open a window to provide the necessary oxygen. Secondly, it is important to understand what could cause the cause of poisoning.
If the poison got on the coat of your pet, it should be thoroughly wash off using cool water and regular soap. Next you should give the cat the medicine.
Dosage of activated charcoal:
- adult cats – 1 tablet per 10 pounds of weight;
- kitten – all right.
For better absorption of the coal previously ground to a fine powder, then diluted with a small amount of boiled water, thoroughly mixed and introduced into the oral cavity of a cat with a spoon or syringe (without needle). If the animal lost appetite, pills to mix in the food.
The drug is very effective in cases of poisoning, even if it is caused by a bug bite-narinka.
Some cats have a very strong-willed and may refuse to take medication. Here the owner will need a certain skill. We need to take a blanket or piece of thick cloth, wrapped in his pet, that he could not break free or release the claws. First, wrap the neck under the chin, then shoulders, and then "swaddled" the whole body. Thus, it is not wrapped there is only the snout of the animal.
Next cat should be put on the knees, so that she looked at master, and to open her mouth. You can cheat and show the animal into something delicious to his instinct, and pussy was framed by the owner of the lower jaw. At this point, and should put the pill on the root or side of the tongue and close the cat's mouth.
You need to keep in mind that if the pet is unconscious, it is better to wait for the arrival of the vet and not try to give medicine. Vomiting cause is pointless, as most of the poisonous substances already in the intestinaland absorbed into the bloodstream.
How does activated charcoal to the animal organism in case of poisoning. Once in the gastrointestinal tract, a black absorbent neutralizes toxins and helps remove them out along with feces. For complete removal of the toxins need to give the coal three to seven days, depending on the health status of the cat. If after a week no improvement, consult your veterinarian, who will prescribe appropriate treatment. If a strong poisoning of one of the activated carbon is not enough.
While poisoning an animal in need of clean drinking water, as it promotes the excretion of harmful substances, reduces the toxic load on the liver and kidneys, prevents dehydration. With a mild poisoning cats instinctively drink water, but if severe, then the pet needs to drink, pouring a little water into his mouth. The daily intake of water should be 200-250 ml.
What if at hand was not activated charcoal. A good alternative is three percent hydrogen peroxide, with which pet the stomach is washed. The dosage is 1 teaspoon per 2.5 kilogram of animal body weight. The peroxide is introduced with a spoon or syringe. The cat need to give three times with an interval of 15 minutes.
Some experts believe that activated charcoal should be given to the pet as preventative measures to avoid problems with digestion, especially if the cat is feral. To do this, ¼ of the absorbent are crushed and mixed with food. Although many veterinarians do not agree with this view, explaining that animals, which the owners let go to walk on the street, feeling ill, are treated independently, looking for a couch grass is a special plant that had the ability to clean the stomach. After eating grass, they vomit it together with the contents of the stomach, thus, there is a natural cleanse using natural absorbent.