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Companion Animal Practice
Fluid therapy for cats 1. Providing fluids to the feline patient
  1. Martha Cannon

    Martha Cannon graduated from Cambridge in 1992. She remained there as a small animal anaesthetist, before moving into small animal practice in Canterbury. She gained the RCVS certificate in small animal medicine in 1998 and is currently the senior FAB scholar in feline medicine at Bristol veterinary school.


PROVIDING appropriate fluid therapy is essential for the successful management of many medical and surgical conditions, but supplying intravenous fluids to a cat may present some practical difficulties. This article reviews the relevant techniques and the equipment that is available to overcome these problems. A second article, to be published in a later issue, will address the choice of which fluid to use, how much of it to supply and at what rate.

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