My kitten (~6ths) was to be spayed the last 3 weeks. She is at the vets office at the moment. However her liver functions and white blood cell counts are not normal (been checked 3 times). She has been on an antibiotic and white blood cell counts are slowly rising. I just realized she has been attacking a plant - just identified as a golden pothos. She is marking/peeing on my bed, dog beds...etcI have called poison control and they said this plant usually affects kidney functions..Any advice.
Pet's Gender: Female
Pet's Age: <1
Finnick is at the vets office at the moment. I have called poison control and she has been on antibiotics for 2 weeks
Hello and welcome to Just Answer. I am a licensed veterinarian and would be happy to answer your questions.
Was it a veterinary poison control that you called?
Has your kittens kidney values been checked?
I called the vet a few minutes ago after calling poison control XXX-XXX-XXXX and asked to check kidney functions.
Did the poison control give you a case number XX follow up with. this allows your vet to call them back for recommendations as far as how to monitor and proceed with treatment.
I am just trying to get any answers I can to help my ver when she calls me back. Other than peeing on items, I would not have thought my kitten was sick. My vet asked if I wanted to do lab work before surgery - she recommended it
No case number. They usually call me back:) I had a dog that used to get into things...
The number that you typed is not available for me to see. Can you tell me who runs the poison control service? Is there a charge to use the service?
That is how we found the lab issues. It has been repeated 3 times. Her labs are slowly getting better, but she is peeing more. She is in heat. Very small kitten...
I am calling them back now. Will l et you know who they are.
Have they checked a urine sample and perhaps cultured it for bacterial growth?
Regular poison control. Have not checked urine that I know of. This was supposed to be a simple spay
Any other suggestions or advice?
If she was having issues with urination, I would suggest having a urine checked.
Especially now, if there is the possibility of kidney involvement, a urine sample will be needed along with her kidney blood values to better evaluate kidney function.
I will call my vet and chat with her. Is this life threatening - other than me not liking my girl peeing on my bed? :)
I would have the poison control center work directly with your vet (versus through you). Better yet, I would consider having your vet contact the veterinary posion contol. As the premier animal poison control center in North America, the ASPCA is your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The charge to call us is $60 per case (not per animal or number of agents), and they provide a follow up # XXX case number XXXX the client or veterinarian can call back on, any number of times (even a year later if needed)at no additional charge.
Thank you for all your help. I will recommend your suggestions. She may already be doing all this, she is very good. I just love my babies and hate that I took so long to realize the plant may be a factor in her health.
I am not that familiar with that particular plant, but would go by what they told you at a poison control center that is familiar with plants toxic to pets. They are the experts.
Good luck with her. It is good that you noted she was ingesting this and alerted your vet. They will be able to take proper actions from here, whatever is needed.
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