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My cat just came in the house and noticed she was very

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My cat just came in the house and noticed she was very sluggish. When I looked at her face it is swollen. Eyes are very swollen. I picked her up ,but she started making snarling sounds. She is now sitting on back of couch very quiet
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
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Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Did u answer my question?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
It sounds as if you're seeing a hypersensitivity reaction (urticaria/angioedema) as seen secondary to envenomation by flying insect, spider, a snake, food intolerance, vaccines, a plant, or drug or other chemical. Most pets will remiss unaided within 36 hours but an over the counter antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) dosed at 1-2 mg/lb once should be helpful. The trick would be getting such a drug in Peewee without your getting hurt. If she's already snarling, I might just "watchful wait" and let the tincture of time take care of her unless she worsens to the point of having breathing difficulties. If a snake bite is possible, an antihistamine shouldn't be administered. A vet visit would be indicated. Please let me know.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Can't go to vet till morning. If it is a snake bite what would her reaction be and how long before I would see it? It's been abouta hour. She is still sitting quietly on coucg.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
Cats appear to be more resistant to the effects of snake bites than are dogs. Are coral snakes more likely than rattlesnakes where you are?
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
No. We mostly have rat,chicken or rattlesnake rarely.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Never seen rattlesnake on property.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
R u there?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
Thank you. The severity of symptoms from crotalid (rattlesnake) bites varies from mild to severe causing facial, neck, or limb swelling, pain or collapse. Bleeding and neurologic disorders can arise. Elapids such as coral snakes cause neurologic signs in cats - paralysis, as well as hypothermia, vocalization, vomiting, and changes in the respiratory pattern.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Not showing those symtoms. Just quiet and going to sleep.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
far so good. Please note that symptoms of envenomation can arise up to 36 hours after a bite. Keep a close watch on Peewee. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience.

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