Hyperthyroidism

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  1. Paddypaws

    Paddypaws PetForums VIP

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    Ooh, also....you mention that your cat is on 2.5mg of Felimazole...do you dose once or twice a day? Felimazole is actually designed to be dosed BID so you may want to think about cutting the tablet in half and dosing twice daily to get better coverage from the drug.
     
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    Ah! Learn something new every day! Thanks PP
     
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    Is it ok to half Felimazole :confused: or am I getting mixed up with something else :eek:
     
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    Ahh, I was waiting for that question DB.
    Strictly speaking....No...but I have been given different reasons for this. The first is the danger of the drug being absorbed through the skin of the pill giver...so always wash hands carefully after cutting pills. Second is that it is more likely to cause gastric upset in the cat...but obviously one will monitor that carefully.
    The drug simply does not stay in the system long enough to be dosed just once a day, so splitting the dose will bring the cat down to normal range for far more hours in the day than a single dose, whilst utilising the lowest overall amount of the drug.
     
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    Paddypaws ~ the goose fat sounds like a good idea. I'll check with the vet, and if she says ok, I'll try my cats with some. Many thanks for the suggestion.

    Regarding antacids, both my cats are on Zantac75, prescribed by the vet, but available OTC as a medicine for humans. They have been much better on it. The hyperthyroid cat was particularly badly affected before, vomiting bile a lot, and also vomited blood several times a few months ago. It was this that led the vet to put her on the Zantac. The dose is one sixth of a tablet twice a day. I break each tablet into 6 pieces and then put each tiny piece into a small empty gelatine capsule as I find it so much easier to administer it to the cat in a capsule.

    Zantac is not a drug that is licensed for use in animals, but as there no antacids that are licensed for animals, then it is the only option......Seems like there would be quite a market for one of the drug companies to develop....

    Thanks again. :)
     
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    Paddypaws ~ I'm very interested to read your comment about dosing Felimazole twice a day. I thought about this a while ago, but as the Patient Information Leaflet says the tablets must not be cut, I contacted the supplier to ask what the reason for this would be (as the tablets are not enterically coated). The supplier refused to speak with me as I am not a Veterinarian, so my vet has agreed to phone the company on my behalf.
     
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    Daisyandchlo ~ thank you for the suggestion, I will ask the butcher for some beef dripping. My other cat has always loved beef (both raw and cooked) but has been unable to have it since being diagnosed with CRF, as it is too high in protein, so maybe the flavour of the beef dripping would please him very much!:D
     
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    Interestingly this information about not cutting tablets is NOT included on inserts in USA.
     
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    I just spoke to the vet, who assures me it is OK to cut the tablets. She also agreed it is better to dose the Felimazole twice a day.......so that's good news, and I will go ahead and do it. :D
     

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