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An_247379 posted:
hi I was wondering if someone could please give me some 4 year old female cat just received a blood transfusion from her big brother she had what my vet called flea annemia she is on clavamox and every time she trys to eat or drink something she is getting sick to her stomach i am so scared for her she is only little 6.5 lbs please if someone can give me some advice on how to stop her from getting sick and re-hydrated it would be most appreciated
srstephanie responded:
Hi An_247379,

The first thing I would do is to call your vet and let her/him know. You vet may want to give some fluids if she is getting dehydrated.

It may be that she needs a different antibiotic. While most cats have no problems with Clavamox ... it can cause vomiting and nausea in some. My own cat was one of them. Twice we tried Clavamox with her and she had major vomiting and obviously felt very sick. Just taking her off of the Clavamox and using a different antibiotic took care of the problem.

But a vet can check her and see if there may be other causes of the vomiting as well. I would recommend talking to your vet ASAP since dehydration and other possible issues could become serious quickly.

Good luck. I hope it is just a matter of changing her antibiotic.

Stephanie in Montreal
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
If it's really fleas that caused her anemia, that doesn't cause vomiting. So it's most likely the vomiting is caused by giving her Clavamox (which is a known side effect of any oral antibiotic.) So, stop the Clavamox and call your veterinarian right away to let her know. She may need to prescribe a different antibiotic.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice


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