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What is Activated Charcoal?

Activated charcoal is a liquid medication by mouth, used to try and prevent or slow the absorption of a toxin from the stomach. It is not an antidote as such, but acts to bind to certain toxins so they stay within the gut, rather than pass across the gut wall into the bloodstream. This lowers the absorption of poison into the blood with the aim of reducing organ damage . 

Activated charcoal is made from finely ground charcoal and available over the counter and by prescription. It is essential to give the activated charcoal immediately, or very soon after ingestion of the toxin, in order to be of benefit. 

Activated Charcoal Procedure in Cats

When a cat ingests a toxin, the first course of action should be to contact the vet for advice. In almost all cases where the cat ate the toxicant recently, it's desirable to induce vomiting to void it from the stomach. Then activated charcoal may be given to mop up any toxicant left lining the gut. However, the best course of action depends on what the cat ate, so professional assessment is essential. 

In addition, the vet will assess if the cat is dehydrated or not. There is an increased risk of high blood sodium levels if activated charcoal is given to severely dehydrated cats. In the latter circumstances the vet will put the cat on intravenous fluids. 

Activated charcoal is given by mouth. Since most cats are fussy about food, it is unlikely they will voluntarily eat charcoal mixed in a feed. Instead, it may be slowly syringed into the cat's mouth giving her a chance to swallow each mouthful. If, however, the cat is semi-conscious, then this must not be done as there is a risk of inhaling the liquid charcoal into the lungs. Should this be the case the vet may pass a stomach tube, to give the medication directly into the stomach. 

Repeat doses may be necessary every 4 to 8 hours, for 24 hours or so, depending on how much toxicant the cat ingested. 

Efficacy of Activated Charcoal in Cats

It should be remembered that activated charcoal is not an antidote, but a means of reducing absorption of a toxin. How effective it is depends on the type and amount of poison ingested. In some cases, drugs can undergo 'recycling' by the liver, in which case continued doses are necessary until the drug has been completely eliminated from the body. 

The ultimate aim of administering activated charcoal is to lessen the effects of poisoning. To this end, it may be appropriate to make the cat vomit within two hours of ingesting the poison. Dehydrated patients also benefit from intravenous fluids. Wherever a specific antidote exist then it is highly desirable to use it.

Activated Charcoal Recovery in Cats

Activated charcoal in itself is fairly inert and administration is not directly linked to side effects. In a well-hydrated cat the most noticeable effect will be black feces for a day or two afterward. 

However, if some toxicant passed into the bloodstream the cat may suffer ill effects as a result. This could include complications such as gastric ulcers, liver failure, or kidney damage.

Cost of Activated Charcoal in Cats

Activated charcoal is relatively inexpensive to purchase, and can be bought over the pharmacy counter for as little as $10. What is more costly is the veterinary consultation to assess the patient, hospitalization fees, and nursing fees for regular administration of the activated charcoal throughout the night if necessary. Thus, simple cases may be relatively inexpensive, and cost $40 -50 to treat. However, a complex poisoning could result in a bill for many hundreds of dollars, should bloods, intravenous fluids, and overnight care be needed.

Cat Activated Charcoal Considerations

As mentioned already, the patient should be fully hydrated before activated charcoal is administered. In addition, it must be syringed into the mouth slowly and with great care, so the cat gets a chance to swallow between mouthfuls. This is to reduce the risk of the cat inhaling charcoal down into the lungs where it could cause an aspiration pneumonia, a potentially life-threatening condition. 

In patients that are not fully conscious, the risk of inhaling them medication is too great and it's best to administer it via a stomach tube. Another option is to pass a intratracheal tube and inflate the cuff, so the airway is completely protected and no charcoal can pass down into the lungs. 

Activated Charcoal Prevention in Cats

Preventing the need to administer activated charcoal is a matter of protecting the cat from toxins. This means keeping potential poisons safely out of the cat's reach. Medications (including human ones) should be kept in a closeable cabinet, whilst cleaning products, insecticides, and weedkillers, should all be in cupboards with safety latches. Remember, cats are agile jumpers and merely assuming a box of slug pellets is safe on a high shelf in the garage is not sufficient precaution. 

In addition, accidental poisoning by overdosing a prescribed medication or administering a human medicine to a cat is surprisingly common. When medicating a cat read the label twice and make sure you are completely clear as to the recommended dose. If in doubt, a quick call to the vet's office to double check could save your cat's life. 

Activated Charcoal Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

calico kitten
short hair
4 Weeks
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

Medication Used

activated charcoal 62.5mg

My 4 week kitten started vomiting after I sprayed Peaceful Sleep room spray for mosquioes. The other 3 kittens are fine. I gave her half a 125 mg tablet of activated charcoal and she vomited up black liquid twice so far. Since then she drank from her mother once and vomited a little black liquid. What else can I do as I live far from a vet?

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Sawyer
Ginger Calico
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy, some twitching

I am fairly positive that my cat ate some of a lily pedal. He is not displaying many symptoms of poisoning. We gave him hydrogen peroxide to vomit. He puked once and there were no pedals in the puke. I would like to give him activated charcoal, but am unsure how much to give him. He is pretty lethargic, but nothing out of the ordinary.

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Zeno
Mix
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

No symptoms yet, it just happened

I was away for 2-3 minutes and walked in on my cat eating or licking chocolate cake. I’m not sure how much he ingested. I immediately took it away and gave him activated charcoal.

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Tazz
european
6 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Tired

Medication Used

activated charcoal IV fluides

My 6 month old kitten had lily pollen all around his mouth and paws , I looked online because O was curious about what the lily could potentially do to him. After reading one article saying that Lilies are fatal to cats I immediately called my vet and took him straight there (40 mins later we arrived as I live far from a vets) . When we arrived the vets took him and tried administering fluids through an IV but failed as he was agressive towards them so they injected the fluids under his skin but they did manage to give him activated charcoal and kept him over night.
In the morning they told us to pick him up as he was stressed and agressive and they couldnt do anything more for him.

We have now been home for 7 hours , he has been eating and drinking, he slept for a long while and then started jumping around and playing with his toys.

I have read that for a full recovery they need to be on an agressive IV drip for at least 48hours ... that didnt happen.

Although he is acting a bit more like himself, I am still skeptic about his recovery

He was at the vets for a total of 16 hours.

I have removed the lilies, cleaned thoroughly and washed his toys and bed in case of pollen contamination.

Do I need to look out still or is he in the clear ?

I think he might be quite tired from having a stressful night but other than that he seems better

How are both of your cats?? My boy ate a piece of daylily leaf on Saturday.. within two hours (had to drive over an hour) I had him to the vet where they administered charcoal and gave him 200 ml's of SubQ fluids and sent him home. He seems fine but I'm so worried about kidney damage and if he got enough fluids. Thanks.

Is he still alive? My cat ate lillies 3 days ago and the exact same thing happened to us Vet/no IV. We have been giving her activated charcoal for 3 days now and she seems fine.

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Joyous
tabby
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

vomitin

I'm really concern about my baby... Last Friday my dumb boyfriend left his weed out on the night stand while I was at work. He claims he went to restroom and when he returned the kitten had it on the floor. He's not sure how much she at. When I got home she was still very active. Saturday morning she just slept a lot. Sunday she was her active self again. Monday she was fine she ate her food then vomited some orange liquid stuff up but was still active and playful.. Today Tuesday she has not been playfull kinda sleeping a lot, she's not eating her food or drinking any water and when she did eat a little she vomited again the same color.Checked to see if she had a hairball in it but I didn't see anything. Someone told me to give her PediaSure ( haven't done it yet, didn't want to make her worse). She has a favorite toy and when I tried to play with her with it she just sat there. Help any advice will help. I don't get paid till Friday so can't take her to Vet till then; yet I'm worried and want to make her feel better. She not experiencing any symptoms but not eating today and vomiting.

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Mogli
mixed
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat is 9 years old and started acting weird after I put flea treatment on the back of his neck two days ago. Today he has been sleeping in a hidden spot in my closet, and normally he’s right by my side. He has not vomited, and I think his eating and bathroom habits are pretty normal. He might be eating less. What should I do??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Mogli has a side effect of licking the flea & tick medication application site; if this is the case, there is no real treatment apart from rinsing out the mouth and cleaning the application site (a bit late now as it will be all absorbed) and waiting for the medication to get out of the system. You should still visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side to ensure that there is no other concerning underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Molly
Dilute Calico
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bad breath; Vomiting

Medication Used

Pepcid, Metamucil

Hi - I asked a question yesterday and am replying to the doctor's response. I've included it so that you have perspective on the problem:

Hi Dr. Turner,

Thanks for your response. Molly is already on three small meals per day for weight loss. I'm not sure it's a dental issue. When I first rescued her I took her to the vet thinking the odor must be from a bad tooth. The vet said her teeth were perfect and didn't have much tartar on them, but I had had her do a complete exam and cleaning. Molly's breath still smelled terrible afterwards.

I haven't read much online about the wonders of charcoal but was searching to see if they made charcoal biscuits for cats when I came across your site. I had a dog years ago who had a problem with gas. Mother Hubbard makes charcoal dog biscuits and I gave her one a day, which solved the odor problem so I thought it might help with Molly.

I'd give her the dog biscuits, but they unfortunately contain garlic. I haven't been able to find anything specifically for cats. I would like to at least give the charcoal a try to see if it helps with the odor, which is so offensive. My expectation is not that it will help with the digestive issues she has, though I saw some references to using it for that in posts on a forum.

I would be willing to make her biscuits if that were necessary but I don't think it will be as she's very highly food-motivated and I believe she'd eat it mixed in her food. I don't want to give her too much or too little, but I would like to at least try it to see if it helps. Or would you absolutely not recommend it? I've never had a cat with this problem before. They've had stinky breath but it didn't smell like the stuff from their anal glands and Molly's really does.

When I first got Molly, she was so grossly overweight that she couldn't even reach her rectum to clean herself. Now she seems to be trying to make up for lost time and I really believe that's where the odor is coming from.

Thank you again for your time,

Lori Fehr



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I do not believe that activated charcoal is going to be of any benefit here, there are many claims made online about activated charcoal and many are untrue; anyway, if Molly’s breath is odorous you should consider cleaning her teeth regularly with a special toothpaste and brush and if she continues to have tummy upset you should look into dietary changes and feeding smaller more regular meals. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is no harm trying a product containing activated charcoal like the product in the link below which is for oral health (I know the teeth and gums are in good condition), bad breath and contains activated charcoal; the product is sprinkled on top of food and contains vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. There is a debate about the long term effects of activated charcoal, but for use in the short term with a formulated product should be suitable for Molly. I don’t have a dosage for activated charcoal in cats which isn’t part of a poisoning emergency so I don’t want to quote any dosage for Molly in this case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://multi-mite.co.uk/plaque-out-for-fussy-cats-100g-pot.html

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Noble
Russian Blue
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Vomiting

My cat has been vomiting and I thought it was a hairball. It's been a week and I've read about giving her activated charcoal if she's been poisoned. Is it too late?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is too late to give activated charcoal for any poisoning after a week, depending on the specific poison activated charcoal may be given for two or three days if there is enterohepatic recirculation of the specific toxin. There are various causes for vomiting in cats and it is important to visit your Veterinarian to determine what the specific cause is; infections, parasites, poisoning, foreign objects, food intolerance among many other conditions may cause vomiting. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zeus
Medium hair
1 Year
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My cat had a bite of a lily petal, I quickly gave him some activated charcoal and he threw up after a hour or two. I saw the bits of lily in his vomit but just in case I gave him a little more activated charcoal. He seems to be acting fine besides the vomiting, still running around with my other cat. Is there more I can do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Looks like you were fast to act before the lily could cause any other symptoms; keep a close eye on Zeus for the time being and if you notice any of the symptoms on the page below you should visit a Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/lily-poisoning

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Atticus
tabby
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Hi there, I have a concern about my cat Atticus. He’s about 7 months old is about 6 lbs. He had gotten into our trash and ate some moldy meat. He did not eat a lot, but he definitely is lethargic. We have given him two teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide and he didn’t throw up (we gave him one dose, waited 15 minutes, hen gave him the other teaspoon). Unfortunately we can’t take him to the vet since we live so far away, so we also have him half a teaspoon of activated charcoal in the hopes it would help him. As far as home remedies go, did we do the right thing?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Inducing vomiting with 3% hydrogen peroxide is always the best way to go with mouldy meat, but the activated charcoal may not be effective in this instance but wouldn’t do any harm. Normally a cat will vomit after consuming mouldy meat, but for the meantime monitor Atticus for any symptoms of abdominal pain, diarrhoea, fever or anything else concerning; if severe symptoms present, you may need to make the journey to a Veterinarian for an examination and treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Patches
Domestic cat
10 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Personality change
Not eating

My cat ingested a coupe of leaves from a lily plant. I gave my cat hydrogen peroxide and she didn't throw up, so the vet recommended to give activated charcoal. I have it to her and it took about 15 minutes for vomiting to happen. Now, she seems depressed and also will barely touch her food. Before, she begged for meals at every meal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the vomiting only just occurred in the last day it would be normal for Patches to be off her food as would anyone. It is important for Patches to stay hydrated and try to encourage her to eat small portions of food possibly from your hand. It may take a day or two for her to come back to her usual self; if she isn’t eating after two days visit your Veterinarian, if she isn’t drinking visit sooner. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jose
Domestic cat
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

None as of now

Hi, my cat got into the pollen of a lily plant today and we know he didn’t eat anything but the pollen was all on his face! We wiped it up immediately and gave him a bath. I ran to the store and administered activated charcoal in his food and he ate all of it up. We also have been syringing water to him so he can get some fluids in him. He is acting fine but I am still very concerned.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Whether you have a problem or not depends on what type of lily Jose got into. If it was an Easter Lily, he needs to be taken to an emreegnecy clinic immeidately for treatment. If you are not sure of the type of lily, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian to start supportive care, to be safe. There are some species of lily that are not toxic, but most of them are. It would be best to have him seen, to be sure.

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Booga
Manx
4 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Puking, Fever,

2 weeks ago blood came out of her butt when she tried to poop she had blood work was find. now Low platelet count & low white & red cell she is anemic, small kidney, dark Cherry red skin everywhere, Loss of Appetite, Puking, Fever, Dehydration Constipated Fatigue & Severe weakness Increased heart rate piss just comes out of her was she lays there, she is eating Cat litter and carpet that kind a looks like grass

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for the symptoms described including poisoning, infections, autoimmune disease (Evans Syndrome) among other causes; I cannot say specifically what the cause is without examining Booga, but I would recommend visiting a Specialist if you’re not getting any further in making a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kiki
Blue linx point Siamese mix
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Disorientation
Rash
Lethargy

I have a cat with feline herpes who had been given the nobivac rabies vaccine, is that safe ?
She was spayed on the day that she was given the vaccine and also treated with revolution and treated for ear mites
She came home lethargic disoriented and developing rash on neck .
Also can I detox her with activated charcoal ? And what would be the proper dosage?
Should I also give her lyssin? The rabies detox

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The Nobivac Rabies vaccine is safe for most cats, although some animals do react to vaccinations. I can't see a reason to give activated charcoal for the signs that you are describing, but it might be a good idea to call your veterinarian and let them know what you are seeing, as they have examined her and might have an idea what might be going on with her lethargy and rash. The treatments that she received that you describe are quite common and safe, but she may be having an abnormal reaction.

I just need the correct charcoal dosage instructions for cat 5 pounds

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Purdey
tabby
7 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My cat has ingested a small part of a Lilly petal around 2 hours ago.
She has been sick and I have administered activated charcoal.
I will leave plenty of water and fluids around for her and minister for the next few days.
Is there anything else I should do please?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Lilies are highly toxic to cats, and can cause kidney failure. It would be best to have her admitted immediately to a veterinary hospital for IV fluid therapy, and they can monitor her blood levels. Typically, we keep them on fluids for a minimum of 48 hours, but depending on her blood values, it may be longer. I hope that she is okay.

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jack
moggie
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Tremors in sleep
nearly dead from chronic renal failure--
Mouth Salivation

is ok to give activated charbon to a cat who is dying from chronic renal failure-small amount in water-he is 5 getting put down on Monday.----he is totally septic want to get rid of toxins in system

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Activated charcoal may be given to pets (and human) along with a low protein diet to reduce the amount of urea absorbed by the body in cases of kidney disease as a way to get round dialysis. Administration wouldn’t do any harm, but I haven’t read (from reputable sources) about it’s efficacy in drawing toxins out of the blood stream. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi doc Iv rescued Indian cats with genetic kidney weakness.. Lost four of them. Very painfully.. Pls suggest something anything natural that will help the kidney health in these babies.. Slippery elm bark powder safe to give n wat dose.. Apple cider vinegar Iv heard wat do u think.. Activated charcoal regularly won't dehydrate them.. As kidney cats tends to be dehydrated right.. Corn silk.. Bentonite clay.. Do advice me on the above.. As these seem to b natural remedies fr helping them.. Wat r natural substitutes fr phosphorus binders pls.. Best diet.. Boiled fish chicken or store bought.. There's a huge debate on that raging all over

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Milo
mixed
6 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

Our cat has been vomiting for 3 days and not eating or drinking. Now there is a small amount of bright red blood in his vomit. We have no idea what it could be and can’t afford the vet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of vomiting in cats which may involve infections, parasites, obstructions, foreign objects, poisoning, spoiled food among other causes; the presence of blood may be due to ulceration from an empty stomach, clotting disorders among many other causes. Without examining Milo I cannot say what the specific cause of the vomiting is, but you should ensure that Milo is up to date on vaccines, worming etc… A visit to a Veterinarian would be useful to check for obstructions and other causes; a charity clinic or reaching out to a nonprofit may help cover the cost of veterinary care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Tomi'
Siamese
6 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Black and yellow diarrhea, bubbly vomit
Vomiting

Medication Used

Charcoal Ultracarbon, Liv-52, zrl bcomplex

Hi. My cat just got back from vet after 3 days admitted in the vet because of some viruses infected him (made him vomit yellow bubbly liquid and diarrhea). His twin brother died 2 days before he's admitted (the same vomitting and diarrhea symptom). Today, he's safely back at home but he didn't want to eat or drink at all. And he had diarrhea roughly every 3 hours. May i know why this happened and what is the way to overcome this? The meds that vet gave us is charcoal(ultracarbon), liv-52, marbocyl 20mg and ZRL B-Complex.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Many causes can result in the signs that Tomi is showing. Sometimes the best treatment is supportive care. If he is not improving, it would be best to have a recheck with his veterinarian, as they can evaluate him, determine if he needs any further therapy, and monitor him for improvement. I hope he feels better soon.

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Jasper
Domestic Short haired
9 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

Cat nibbled on the leaf of a lily about two hours ago. Most likely he did not ingest. Cat is showing no unusual signs or symptoms. Called the vet, they said to watch cats for any unusual signs, but did not ask me to bring him in for immediate treatment, only to have him brought in in two days for bloodwork. Does this sound right?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Lilies are toxic to cats and no cat owner should have them in their home; it is best to have vomiting induced by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side since we don’t know how much has been consumed. Consider that even the water which lilies stand in is also toxic. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tiny and Tiger
Stray kittens
3 Weeks
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Lethargy

My two 3weeks old kittens have yellow diarrhea for about 3 days. They dont have KMR here so i gave them goat milk until i get KMR. Im giving them milk several times a day but in smaller amounts. Sometimes i give them a few drops of water to keep them hydrated. I clean them and cuddle them and sometimes they feel better. I was wondering can i give them some activated charcoal in case they have coccidia? Is that safe for them? The kittens are abandoned by their mother and im trying to help them as much as i can since i live with my parents and i cant have cats inside my house because im allergic. I really wish i could help them get through this. What is your advice?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some people give activated charcoal in cases of Coccidiosis but generally it is not required since cats normally get out the infection themselves; however it is important to keep Tiny and Tiger fed well but goat’s milk isn’t a long term solution as it isn’t nutritionally balanced for kittens and it is important to get some kitten milk replacer as soon as possible, you should also ensure that the kittens are wormed every two weeks. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Molly
Dilute Calico
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bad breath. Anal gland discharge.

My cat's breath always smells like the discharge from her anal glands. She seems to make copious amounts of anal gland discharge and spends a lot of time cleaning her rectum when washing herself. I don't believe it's related, but she vomits clear liquid when her stomach is empty and her doctor put her on Pepcid, which helps a lot. I want to give her charcoal to reduce the odor of her breath and possibly calm her digestive tract. How much charcoal should I give?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I do not believe that activated charcoal is going to be of any benefit here, there are many claims made online about activated charcoal and many are untrue; anyway, if Molly’s breath is odorous you should consider cleaning her teeth regularly with a special toothpaste and brush and if she continues to have tummy upset you should look into dietary changes and feeding smaller more regular meals. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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jack and bauer
Persian
11 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

)ur two felines have possibly poisoned themselves via cigarette butts--initially vomit(explosive visually and sound)and then little of the usual eating---much gagging-our vet hydrated both over this five day episode with doses of cerenia. now one cat is eating and frisky and seemingly back to normal the other continues to be dazed, listless and out-of sorts---.I took him in(they are both males 11+ yrs; 8 and 13 pds) to the vet today and activated charcoal detoxicant and cerenia were administered--does any of this seem proper protocal--we love them so and jack and bauer would appreciate your kindly input to there lurid situation-thanks,lane

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cigarette butts are the worst as they are concentrated with all the tar and nicotine from the cigarette; managing the symptoms can be difficult and may take some time. There is no specific treatment for nicotine poisoning, but activated charcoal (normally more effective immediately after ingestion) and fluid therapy are the mainstay of treatment; the Cerenia will be to control any vomiting. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Opal
Part siamese
6 Months
Critical condition
1 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

toxin ingestion

My 6 Month old kitten ingested a known toxic lily leaf. We took her to the vet and they made the decision that giving medicine to make her vomit only works 50% of the time and likely a waste. They ran blood work and said her enzymes were all fine. They wanted to keep her and monitor her and have her on an IV for 2 days and said it would cost $2000.00. We are unable to afford that so made the decision to bring her home and try to keep her hydrated. The vet told me that we would know if it was going to affect her if she started vomiting. We brought her home and have been giving her activated charcoal and lots of fluids. It has been 30 hours since she ingested the leaf. She just dry heaved, but it otherwise acting normal. She is not lethargic and is playing, urinating, eating and drinking normally.
Do you have any recommendations? Are we doing the right thing? Is there something more that we should/could be doing? We really love this little girl and would hate to lose her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Personally I would have attempted to induce vomiting to try and get any plant material out, especially if it was within an hour or two of ingestion; but fluid therapy and activated charcoal is a good step but I would return to your Veterinarian for another blood test to check kidney function after a day or so to ensure there are no long term effects. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/lilies/

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George
Maine Coon Tabby Mix
18 Months
Moderate condition
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Swelling
Itching

My cat was exposed to a small amount of 409 household cleaner and started exhibiting signs of irritation. It has been roughly 36 hours and he’s showing improvement but is still visibly uncomfortable. He is itchy to the point where his skin turned red and slightly swollen. He has vomited twice. He is drinking water and eating and his breathing is fine. I have him on gabapentin to help the irritation and relieve the pain from itching. Is there anything I can give him at home that might help a faster recovery? Will activated charcoal help this far along?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3320 Recommendations
This far along after ingestion, activated charcoal would be ineffective but I would highly recommend you reach out to the manufacturer regarding ingestion by pets (link below) and also contact the Pet Poison Helpline as they will have information on the product and its ingredients and will be able to guide you better. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.formula409.com/about-us/contact-us/ www.petpoisonhelpline.com

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Carl Zethraus
Orange tabby
10 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Ate Lilly

My cat ate a part of a lily leaves. And I was reading that activated charcoal would help get it out. I was wondering how much I need to give my cat he’s about 8 pounds

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3320 Recommendations
The recommended dosage for activated charcoal is around 1-3g/kg or 0.5-1.5g/lb; you should monitor Carl for the time being and if any symptoms listed on this page present you should visit your Veterinarian immediately, also remove any toxic plants from your household. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.vspn.org/library/misc/vspn_m01158.htm

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Arlo
Calico
8 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Gagg
Gagg drooling

My cat ingested some De flea spray for Dogs. I don’t have enough money to go to the vet what can I do at home. She is trying to eat but keeps gagging. She still purrs

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Flea control products designed for dogs are toxic for cats, it is important to have rinsed out the mouth immediately and to ensure that Arlo is comfortable; there is no cure for this, only supportive and symptomatic care. If money is tight I would recommend calling the manufacturer for product specific advice, but I would also recommend you visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side regardless of cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jeff
Feline
7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Normal

My cat ate part of day lily leaf about 24 hrs ago. I tried to induce vomiting but it did not work. I administered activated charcoal today and mixed with wet food. He has showed no signs of poisoning. He is eating, drinking, and urinanting properly. I am going to continue to administer the acivated charcoal for the next couple days. I checked hydration and felt kidneys for any abnormalities. Everything seems normal. How long does it typically take to show signs of lily poisoning in cats? I planned on bringing him for bloodwork but I don’t see a need for IV fluids or treatment for poisoning at this time as he shows no symptoms. Do you think he’ll be ok at this point?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Just because you don’t see any symptoms doesn’t mean that there is no damage being done to the kidneys, it takes around five days (three to six day range) to see symptoms of kidney failure; giving activated charcoal know would be unrewarding. Regardless of your thoughts you should visit a Veterinarian immediately for supportive and symptomatic care to reduce the severity of a poisoning event. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/day-lily/

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