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Cat Concussion
rachelvolpe posted:
positive my cat has a concussion. he has all the symptoms except seizures. he is very lethargic so he is my question. people with concussions are told not to fall asleep for hours; is this the same for cats? do i need to keep him awake and if so for how long?
rohvannyn responded:
It is true that for a long time it was thought that waking someone up every hour for a concussion was best. More recent research has shown that for people at least, letting the patient sleep is the best for them. Our bodies heal best when we sleep, the same is true for cats and dogs.

The more important question is, how are you sure it's a concussion?
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
Concussions in cats are usually secondary to some type of head trauma, and often show other symptoms. If you think your cat has this, it's very important to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. Concussions are serious, and some symptoms may not show up for years. On the other hand, if he doesn't have a concussion, you'll need to know the cause of his symptoms.

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


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