It’s not unusual for owners to think that their pets have ingested the poison themselves. Sometimes the owner does not know that the animal has been exposed to toxic substances because they are unconscious or have difficulty in breathing. They may also assume that it’s something they would never notice, like hair in the cat’s fur or a smell that has been noted at the local veterinarian clinic. These symptoms are very common and often indicate that an animal has ingested some sort of harmful substance. However, other symptoms that are sometimes mistaken as the ingestion of harmful substances include vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the urine, severe weakness, rapid weight loss, seizures and bleeding from the ears, nose or mouth.
In order to identify the cause of poisoning, Mcat test writers must learn about the cat’s species. The various symptoms will indicate the proper diagnosis of poisoning and the specific animal poison or poisons involved. They must also learn about the environment and its proximity to where the animal may have ingested the substance.
When a cat is suspected of poisoning, they will exhibit a variety of different symptoms, depending on what the cause is. The most common symptoms include loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, loss of weight, difficulty in swallowing, excessive urination, fever and seizures. Sometimes they’ll exhibit these symptoms in more than one area, and in some cases they might show up unexpectedly. Because of this, the cat’s veterinarian will need to do several tests in order to find out what the problem really is.
Mcat testing writers will typically perform a skin-prick test before administering any medications to determine the cause of poisoning. They may also use an EKG (electrocardiogram) test to confirm if the cat is having any heart irregularities and blood chemistry tests to look for poisoning. In the case of poisoning in cats, blood tests will show if the cat is suffering from hypocalcemia, hypothermia or hypercalcemia. A high pH and a low potassium level indicate the presence of toxins in the cat’s blood.
If the cat is exhibiting all of the symptoms of hypocalcemia, the cat could be suffering from kidney failure, which is very serious and potentially life threatening. If the cat is exhibiting symptoms of hypercalcemia, the cat could be suffering from serious dehydration and kidney damage.
When determining if an animal is being poisoned, the testing writers will have to identify the poison. They may conduct laboratory tests in order to determine what type of poison has been used and whether the animal has been exposed to this poison before administering any treatments to the animal. Some common chemicals used in lab testing are: ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid, commonly known as “EDTA”, mercury, thimerosal, phenol carbolic acid, thimersol, cosmetic acid and formaldehyde. Many veterinarians prefer using the combination of two or more of these chemicals instead of one.
Mcat testing writers are not only highly qualified to identify the right drugs and determine the cause of poisoning, but they are trained to administer the appropriate treatments. In some instances, they may administer IV fluids to calm down the animal if the animal is experiencing seizures or other emergency situations. This is because the cat may become panicked in case they don’t know what treatment to give. Mcat testing writers are trained to identify what the cause of poisoning is in order to save the lives of both the animal and the humans around it.