If one of your family members is of the feline variety you may find this interesting. Mainly due to genetics, cats have a predisposition for a number of conditions, including hyperthyroidism, hypertension (high blood pressure), and congestive heart failure to name a few. Typical treatment for these conditions is oral drug therapy. Now, if you think trying to give medication to a child is difficult, administering drugs to our feline friends is exponentially more difficult. It is not uncommon to get scratched or bitten in the process. It is also common to see the kitty froth at the mouth after being given the medication. This is not a medication side effect but rather a behavioral issue. Cats will froth and foam at the mouth if they taste something unexpected or simply something they don’t like. Needless to say, administering medication can be a traumatic experience for the both the cat and the human.
At each of Dougherty’s pharmacies we have a compounding lab that may be able to remove the stress for all involved. Many medications can be administered topically and absorbed through the skin and into the blood stream yielding the same effect of oral medication. For cats, a number of medications can be administered in a small amount of gel to the fleshy part of the ear. After administration, the drug will be absorbed systemically and work the same as a pill. Some of the drugs that have been successfully administered this way include: methimazole, enalapril, captopril, furosemide, and cisapride.
So how do you go about reducing your stress and the stress on your kitty? Ask your veterinarian if transdermal administration of your cat’s medication is acceptable. If the vet agrees, have them write a prescription for the compound. Present the prescription at Dougherty’s and we will get to work on it. Keep in mind that compounded gels like this have to be made in our lab and may take a day or two to prepare.When you come in to pick up the medication, you will be instructed on the proper administration by one of our capable pharmacists.
It should also be noted that this same drug delivery system works for dogs as well. But not all drugs are appropriate for administration through the skin. Your vet or our compounding pharmacist, James Wiernas, can help determine if transdermal administration is appropriate for your four legged family member.