The Dangers of Lily Poisoning

Lily intoxication in cats can lead to permanent, irreversible kidney damage, resulting in death. Please be mindful of the dangers and keep your furbies safely away from Lilies!


Which parts of the Lily are dangerous?

All parts of the Lily are poisonous; this includes the leaves, flowers and stem.


What clinical signs are present? How severe can it progress?


What does diagnostics include?
Diagnosis is made based on


What treatment options are available?

Treatment options include:

  1. Gastrointestinal decontamination
  2. Vomiting may be induced to expel gastric contents and minimise toxin absorption for recent (within hours) Lily ingestion.

  3. Intravenous fluid therapy
  4. Fluid diuresis for 72 hours or more to rehydrate and support the failing kidneys is crucial.

  5. Peritoneal dialysis
  6. If available, peritoneal dialysis is an option to consider for cases with severe azotaemia (BUN & CRE elevation) or anuria.

  7. Symptomatic care
  8. Symptomatic Care has to be provided to alleviate the clinical symptoms associated with Lily toxicity such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, inappetance, seizures etc.


Steps to Prevention

Prevention is better than cure!

If you suspect your cat has consumed any form of Lily, please seek veterinary attention as soon as possible. Do contact us at 6455 6880 if you have any queries.      

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