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We have a cat that came home from the vet with an IV. He is

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Customer: We have a cat that came home from the vet with an IV. He is pulling at it and we need to remove it. How do we do it?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the matter with the cat?
Customer: He went to the vet hospital with dehydration and he has hyperthyroidism he had an iv for dehydration and meds for hyperthyroidism. The vet discharged today with iv intact in case they had to give fluids again.. vet tech said we could remove it if we needed to
JA: Problems with drinking can be serious. I'm glad you noticed it. The Veterinarian will know what to do. What is the cat's name?
Customer: Snowy
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Snowy?
Customer: no
JA: OK. Got it. Do you think this is urgent?
Customer: he is just uncomfortable with it in, he's torn the bandage off so I'm afraid he will pull it out himself
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 10 months ago.

Hi, this is Dr. Gabby. Does he have an e-collar on? You could run to Petsmart and buy one.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No, the vet tech said we could remove the iv if needed not sure why they sent him home with it
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 10 months ago.

But it is pretty easy to take out.

First remove the bandage and then the white tape. The white tape will stick to the hair.

The best way to remove it is to put it up a bit and then get the scissor under it.

Just make sure you do not cut the skin.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 10 months ago.

So once you have the tape off there will be a yellowish soft plastic plug.

That is what you are going to remove.

Pull it out keeping it parallel with his leg.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
ok
any chance this will hurt him?
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 10 months ago.

The white tube catheter slides out easily. It is attached to the yellowish plug but the white part is in his leg vein.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 10 months ago.

I have never had a client take out the catheter at home.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
ok, does this hurt him. What if he pulls it out?
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 10 months ago.

Hypothetically it could be kinked inside or have a burr at the end and that could hurt the vein when you pull it out.

It is going to bleed a lot once it comes out.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Do you think we should leave it alone why would they leave it in?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Dr. Gabby I am going to leave it in. and call the vet in the morning
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 10 months ago.

Then you have to apply direct pressure for 15 minutes until the bleeding stops and put a light bandage on it.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 10 months ago.

I would go to the pet store and buy an ecollar.

If he pulls it out in the middle of the night it is going to bleed.

And he may ingest part of it.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 10 months ago.

My other idea is to call the emergency clinic and ask if they will take the catheter out without charging you an exam fee.

There is also a spray called "bite not" or "bitter apple" which tastes bad.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 10 months ago.

They sell those sprays at the pet store too.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 10 months ago.

You can also cut cardboard in the shape of a cone. Secure the cone around his neck. That is a make shift ecollar.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 10 months ago.

That is all I can think of at the moment ; )

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 10 months ago.

Does that help? Do you have any additional questions?

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 10 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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