My cat has had a relapse from cystitis. He is still on Zeniquen 25mg., but he is in pain. Can I give him human meds? I have every OTC med, and hydrocodone/APAP. As a muscle relaxer, I have methocarbomol. Please tell me there is something I can do with what I have.
Type of Animal: Cat, Tabby
Age: 2 yrs
Name of Cat: Rocky
Prescription by my vet, but I am out.
DO NOT give the hydrocodone! This contains acetaminophen which is toxic to cats. Unfortunately, cats are extremely sensitive to pain medications, and there is very little that we can give them safely OTC. We don't normally use Robaxin for cystitis pain, and it can have adverse effects on cats with renal impairment, so I can't advise you to use it without knowing exactly how his kidneys are.You can find more information about Robaxin use in cats, including doses, here:http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/methocarbamol-robaxin-v/page1.aspxI hope this helps, please let me know if I can answer any other questions.
6 years in small animal medicine, focus on feline medicine
My pharmacy carries animal meds. Can you call something in for him>
No, I can't. Writing a prescription or phoning one in requires a legal veterinarian/client/patient relationship which requires me to examine your cat. It would be illegal for me to prescribe anything for a pet I had not examined.
can I give him iboprofen or tylenol? Or anything for pain that I can get OTC. Going to the Vet this weekend is not an option, not until Monday.
NO. If there was anything safe I would have said so. Cats do not process pain medications the way that humans do, and our OTC drugs are toxic to them. Additionally, even if you were to give something it would likely interfere with the safe medications that your vet will want to give on Monday. Doing so can cause stomach and intestinal ulceration, liver and kidney failure, and red blood cell destruction.