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Companion Animal Practice
Fluid therapy for cats 2. Restoring fluid and electrolyte balance
  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 Kent. 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.


FLUID therapy will be beneficial for any animal that has developed, or is at risk of developing, a disturbance in fluid, electrolyte or acid-base balance. In general terms, fluid therapy for cats is based on the same principles as fluid therapy for any animal, but their small size can present a challenge, as was discussed in an article in the last issue (In Practice, May 2000, pp 242-252). Cats are also at risk of developing certain electrolyte and acid-base disturbances, due to primary disease or, in some circumstances, due to veterinary intervention, as will be highlighted in this article.

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