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Salt (sodium chloride) poisoning in cats

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Salt (sodium chloride) poisoning in cats

The chemical name for salt is sodium chloride. Sodium is an essential component of blood and other tissues, but the concentration is maintained within a narrow range. If salt is taken in excess, the blood sodium concentration increases leading to disruption of the hydration status of cells and a shift of water out of cells. This can result in serious cellular damage, particularly in the brain with cellular shrinkage and bleeding.

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