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Can A Cat Survive A Rattlesnake Bite?

by Lori Hehn - November 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM
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We hear about dogs and rattlesnake bites a lot, especially where I live in the state of Arizona. But, what about cats? Can they survive and is there a rattlesnake bite treatment?

Yes, they can survive, but timing may be everything! It acts mostly as a neurotoxin in cats, which can cause paralysis and mentation changes. They can also suffer from coagulation problems and vasculitis like dogs. Typically prognosis is not good, but if they receive treatment quickly (yes they can have antivenin) then they may have a better chance of survival. Check out this article link for more info!
quotesVTP-SuccessfulBlue.jpg"Rattlesnake venom acts as a neurotoxin in cats; the success of treatment can depend on timing."

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About Lori Hehn

Lori Hehn is a practicing veterinarian and a contributor and content manager with XPrep Learning Solutions. She has a drive for continual learning and enjoys interacting with veterinary and vet tech students. She also writes veterinary learning books for children.

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