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My cat ate some leaves from some fresh cut mums. She has

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Hi. My cat ate some leaves from some fresh cut mums. She has been vomiting and is lethargic. What is the best thing to do for her?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Here's the ASPCA synopsis for mum toxicity:

Additional Common Names: Chrysanthemum, Daisy

Scientific Name: Chrysanthemum spp.

Family: Compositae

Toxicity: Toxic to Dogs, Toxic to Cats, Toxic to Horses

Toxic Principles: Sesquiterpene, lactones, pyrethrins and other potential irritants

Clinical Signs: Vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, incoordination, dermatitis

The toxicity doesn't have a specific antidote and so we treat symptomatically and supportively by giving supplemental fluids by needle if dehydration becomes a problem secondary to loss of fluid from either end of Cutie and we might dose with an antiemetic by needle if vomiting is excessive. In most cases, the tincture of time suffices to normalize cats who ate a few leaves of this mildly toxic plant. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Sara,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin