After ingesting toxic antifreeze, this cat was rushed to the vet just in time to receive life-saving medicine: vodka.
When a good Samaritan found Tipsy, it was clear that he had ingested something toxic and was in grave danger. The sick feline was rushed to the RSPCA where the veterinarian on call attached Tipsy to a drip which was connected to a bottle of diluted vodka.
Believe it or not, vodka treatment is the common antidote for antifreeze, but unfortunately few animals make it to the vet in time to receive it.
"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," said RSPCA Vet Sarah Kanther.
"He was off his rocker. He was having a jolly good time."
When animals are placed on a vodka drip, the body begins to metabolize the alcohol in addition to the antifreeze, which means the antifreeze has more time to pass in a less toxic form. Unfortunately, cats are often attracted to the antifreeze due to its sweet taste.
In fact, the vet believed that based on Tipsy's test results, he had less than an hour to live. His blood tests showed acute renal failure (kidney failure) which can be fatal if not treated in time.
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