Monday, September 1, 2014

Feline Medical Emergencies-Thankful to Have Meds On Hand: Buprenex and Metronidazole

Facebook post from June 29 when Bette became ill:

Thank goodness for our little in home pharmacy. Bette threw up last night about 6 p.m. and seemed fine until about 7 p.m. when she became lethargic and presented with eye goop running out of both and both eyes were blood shot suddenly. Her temp was 102.9-high normal but I thought since she's vomiting and has running eyes, that means she has a fever. I gave her 9ml water by mouth; some bicarb (club soda) by mouth (all helps to replenish lost fluids and build up electrolyte of needed bicarb and calm stomach acid); .25 ml of buprenex as pain and fever reducer; and one tab of metronidazole antibiotic left over from May's bout of issues with three other cats (just diarrhea and fever.) By 11 p.m., .15 of buprenex, one more metro and she was more alert and eating dry food. Less goop by 2 a.m. No goop by 7:30 a.m. Gave one metro. She ate dry food. She will need more meds and I'm hoping I can get them from the vet without taking her in so that I have a supply for the others. I had enough to give one Metro to Myrna and one to Katharine. I have one spare for any other cat. I gave to Myrna because she's vulnerable as the HCM cat; and one to Katharine just because she seemed run down last night and today. I didn't give one to Cooper only because he's not a sibling, he's older, and perhaps immuned from what the siblings give each other. But we will keep an eye on all of them. Unfortunately, the first sign is sudden onset of vomiting-which all cats do when tossing up those hairballs. But the next thing that suddenly happens is the eye goop. Runny eyes are a sign of an eye infection-uveitis, conjunctivitis; or a virus of some sort. Runny eyes can be combined with diarrhea and/or vomiting and usually a fever of some sort.

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