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Feline Hypothermia

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Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses the reasoning and importance of warming cold (<97 degrees F) cats before administering large quantities of IV fluids.

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Kari Walker's picture

You know, no one has ever explained feline shock that way to me, and it makes perfect sense! I have read that it isn't good to warm an animal up too quickly (>1 degree/hr, but when we get hypothermic, shocky patients, we put a Bair hugger on them until they are normothermic and not necessarily monitor how quickly the temp rises. Any thoughts on bringing animals up to temp quickly?

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Kari, we don't necessarily worry about warming too quickly in these types of situations. We will use any and all warming techniques to get them to at least 98 degrees. Some animals will start to pant and get anxious under the heat when they get to 97 or 98 degrees and then we can slow things down, maybe just using warm water bottles or blankets. They key isn't necessarily normothermic, but out of the <97 degree danger zone is our goal.