Offbeat Cat survives antifreeze poisoning after vodka given as antidote

19:40  17 july  2017
19:40  17 july  2017 Source:   abc.net.au

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It is not common for a black cat to be linked with good luck, but for one Queensland tomcat, it was luck, and a dose of vodka that spared one of his nine lives after he was poisoned with antifreeze .

The cat dubbed 'Tipsy' was just a whisker away from death when he was found near a tyre store in Lowood, west of Brisbane, at the weekend.© ABC News The cat dubbed 'Tipsy' was just a whisker away from death when he was found near a tyre store in Lowood, west of Brisbane, at the weekend. It is not common for a black cat to be linked with good luck, but for one Queensland tomcat, it was luck, and a little bit of vodka that spared one of his nine lives.

The cat dubbed 'Tipsy' was just a whisker away from death when he was found near a tyre store in Lowood, west of Brisbane, at the weekend.

It is believed he had ingested toxic agent antifreeze and was rushed to the RSPCA animal hospital in Wacol.

Vodka is the common antidote for antifreeze, otherwise known as coolant, but very few animals actually make it to a vet in time.

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Tags : antidote , antifreeze , Cat , poisoning , Survives , Vodka . The other treatment for methanol (wood alcohol) and ethylene glycol ( antifreeze ) poisoning is fomeprizole. Unfortunately the drug costs 00 per day, so treatment by vodka drip it is.

A cat owes its life to a shot of vodka The cat , now dubbed Tipsy, was thought to have ingested antifreeze , and probably only had an hour to live in that case. Fortunately for Tipsy one of the nurses happened to have some vodka lying around.

RSPCA Vet Sarah Kanther believed he had less than an hour to live.

"Luck was definitely on his side when our inspectors brought him in to us. Just in the nick of time," she said.

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Antifreeze poisoning is commonly encountered in veterinary clinics every winter. Timely intervention is critical because if the antidote is delayed more than 3 hours after exposure in cats or 8 hours in dogs, the prognosis is poor.

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But the quick-thinking vet staff placed him on a drip, attached to a bottle of diluted vodka.

"It just so happened that one of our nurses had a bottle of vodka laying around, so we were able to administer it just in time to save his life," Dr Kanther said.

"He was off his rocker. He was having a jolly good time."

After a long night, lots of liquid, and a greasy breakfast the next morning, Tipsy was now expected to make a full recovery.

"Because it's such a fast-acting toxin, they're normally dead by the time we get to treat them," Dr Kanther said.

RSPCA vet Sarah Kanther with Tipsy the cat recovering well.© Provided by ABC News RSPCA vet Sarah Kanther with Tipsy the cat recovering well. Vodka worked because the enzyme in the cat's body that metabolised the antifreeze, also metabolised the alcohol.

"So basically once you put the alcohol into his blood it metabolises that instead, and gives the antifreeze time to pass in a less toxic form," she said.

Unfortunately, Tipsy was not microchipped and is now looking for his owners, otherwise he will be put up for adoption.

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Cat survives antifreeze poisoning after vodka given as antidote By Melanie Vujkovic Updated Mon 17 Jul 2017, 7:33 PM AEST Watch Video 0:26 RSPCA Vet Sarah Kanther says Tipsy was having trouble breathing when found.

Cat survives antifreeze poisoning after vodka given as antidote By Melanie Vujkovic Updated Mon 17 Jul 2017, 7:33 PM AEST Watch Video 0:26 RSPCA Vet Sarah Kanther says Tipsy was having trouble breathing when found.

Michael Beatty from the RSPCA said it was not known whether the cat was purposely baited.

"Unfortunately we have seen a lot of baiting going on and some of it is using antifreeze," he said.

"And that's really disturbing because from what I understand it can take a small teaspoon, and it's a very unpleasant way to die.

"Cats in particular are attracted to it because of the sweet taste."

Baiting is classed as a serious offence and carries a maximum penalty of three years.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact the RSPCA.

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