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Subcutaneous fluids are fluids injected under the skin to help correct or prevent dehydration. Your veterinarian may suggest that you administer fluids subcutaneously to your pet at home.

Lily Toxicity in Cats

Lilies can be deadly to cats.Many people bring plants into their homes during the springtime. This can be an exciting time for curious cats, but also potentially dangerous.

Unlike most poisonous plants, which cause mild gastrointestinal signs in cats (decreased appetite, hypersalivating, vomiting, diarrhea), lilies are potentially deadly. Every part of the plant should be considered toxic, including the pollen, stem, leaf, flower, and water drained through the plant.

Not all lilies are toxic, but distinguishing various species by sight can be difficult, as many look similar. Poisonous lily species include but are not limited to: Easter, Tiger, Day, Star Gazer, Oriental, Wood, Red, and Asiatic Lilies.

Lilies are unique in that a very small amount, if ingested, can cause kidney failure. The first signs you may see are decreased appetite, lethargy, and vomiting. If you observe your cat eating or drinking from a pot containing lilies, bring it to a veterinarian immediately. Most cats will require hospitalization with intravenous fluids to help flush the toxins out of their system. The most important treatment for lily toxicity is aggressive therapy right away!