A blood disorder is when the blood is not functioning as it should to maintain a healthy body. Blood supplies essential nutrients and oxygen to a cat’s body, repairs damaged cells, and supports the body’s immune responses. It carries carbon dioxide to the lungs to be exhaled and waste products to the kidneys to be eliminated from the body. It also transports hormone to various parts of the body, allowing those parts to communicate with each other.
In cats, blood diseases may be caused by an underlying medical condition such as a parasitic invasion, the feline leukemia virus, the feline immunodeficiency virus, or chronic renal failure. Felines stricken with blood disorders have abnormally thin or thick blood that prevents normal blood flow throughout the cat's body and cause serious, if not fatal, health risks.
- unexplained bleeding
- frequent nosebleeds
- blood in the urine or feces
- pale gums
Prompt diagnosis and treatment is essential when dealing with a blood disorder. In addition, a thorough flushing of the system will help support and strengthen your cat’s immune system. Never self diagnose your pet or administer any product without first consulting your vet. To support your pet’s recovery, always ensure they have a constant supply of fresh water and serve only high quality nourishing food.