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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