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I have distilled water and my cat is dehydrated. I have used

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I have distilled water and my cat is dehydrated. I have used the lactated ringer but am out and the cat needs a treatment. Can I use distilled water in place of the saline solution?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Problems with drinking can be serious. I'm glad you noticed it. The Expert will know what to do. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Tig and 6 months
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Tig?
Customer: Has been throwing up and i am to give intravenously until he can drink on his own
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Ann M. replied 11 months ago.

Hi there and thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I am a licensed, internship-trained veterinarian with 12 years experience in general medicine and emergency and critical care medicine and I would be happy to assist you. Please be patient as there may be slight delays in responses as I research your pet's issue and as I am typing out a response.

You can absolutely NOT give the distilled water in any way other than oral. But you can give a few drops every few minutes so that it is a slow trickle orally. That is all you can do. Giving the distilled water could be disastrous... it does not have the right electrolytes and is not sterile. Get to your vet to get more of the proper IV fluids as soon as you can, but please do not ever try to substitute. Good luck!

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Expert:  Dr. Ann M. replied 11 months ago.

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