I am looking to purchase a dosing spoon or long (5 inches or more) syringe that has dosages marked in 0.5 ml or smaller. Does anyone have suggestions for where I can obtain such an item?
My vet prescribed 0.5 ml per day of a liquid medication, Noxafil (posaconazole) for my cat. It cost me $1,000 for one bottle, and came with a dosing spoon that starts at 2.5 ml so is completely useless, and a syringe that works well for now but fits only halfway down the bottle. I called both my family vet and specialist vet, the pharmacy where I purchased the medication, and the manufacturer. So far, no luck.
I also tried Amazon and Drs. Foster and Smith - they said they'd get back to me but haven't yet.
Despite more than 20 years with as many companion animals, and despite being willing to spend whatever it takes for quality care, I am finding it harder and harder to obtain specialized veterinary care. 16 months ago, a surgeon recommended euthanizing one of my cats; I did persuade him to perform the needed surgery and my cat is still alive today. Then in January of this year, an oncologist denied chemotherapy to my dog, saying that he bit a nurse - and my dog died three weeks later. I wrote to the AVMA and to my state veterinary medical board to ask what I should do if I encounter this type of situation again. Both told me how to submit a complaint. I've done that too - but as I explained to them, these complaints can't bring my dog back from the dead, and my focus now is on preventing another of my companion animals from facing a similar situation. Neither the AVMA nor my state veterinary medical board has an answer for that one. Does anyone have any advice, short of bringing a lawyer with me every time I take an animal to a veterinary specialist?View Thread
My dog was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma after a spelenectomy on Nov. 22. His energy level and appetite returned to normal by about the third week after surgery, but I understand that dogs live on average only 2-3 months after surgery with this diagnosis, and he could suddenly collapse at any time. I have spent thousands of dollars and driven hundreds of miles in an effort to find treatment that can give him extra months of good-quality life. The first oncologist said it was hopeless after $1000 worth of tests. The second oncologist originally said there was hope of extending life by 6-9 months with 4-5 doxorubicin treatments, then said my dog was not behaving well and stopped after the first treatment. So he is now just taking meds at home - Previcox 113.5 mg one per day, Doxycycline 150 mg twice per day, and one Yunnan Baiyao capsule twice per day. Did the single doxorubicin treatment help him at all? Is this drug combo a good one? Is there something else I should do? Thanks for any advice!View Thread
Unfortunately, oncologists, like other specialists, do not do phone consultations - so if they can't or won't see the animal, they can't or won't provide advice to the animal guardian.
I have been able to get a bit of advice from the surgeon who performed Fox's splenectomy, and from my family vet. Neither of them are experts in oncology, of course, but they seem to agree with your assessment that what I am doing seems reasonable.
There is no concrete evidence of metastasis. The surgeon tells me that when a spleen bleeds as Fox's did, it's virtually certain that the cancer spreads this way. She also said, though, that his liver looked reasonably normal at the time of surgery. My $1000 investment in an ultrasound produced conflicting analyses from the two oncologists who looked at it. The first oncologist thought it showed evidence of significant metastasis, the second thought not.
Thank you for being there. It is a great service that WebMD provides. I hate to say this, but you should charge for it. There has got to be demand.View Thread
Thank you, Dr. Willis. My dog Fox had one complete Doxorubicin treatment at VCA Southpaws in Fairfax VA. Fox and four other companion animals of mine had previously received great care there, so I had high hopes that this would work out. However, when I brought Fox back for the second treatment, the practice said he tried to bite a nurse and they could not continue to treat him. They sent Fox and me home with a doxycycline prescription, and we're basically on our own from here. I'm combining that with the previcox that The Oncology Service in Leesburg had prescribed and the yunnan baiyao that had also been recommended. I don't know what else to do.View Thread
My dog went to the vet for a routine dental today, but he is 14 years old and didn't have the best time of it. He was so upset that the vet techs couldn't get the catheter tape off his front paw as they normally would do immediately prior to checkout. (He kept snapping at everyone, so much so that they couldn't even put a muzzle on him.) They sent me home and assured me that my dog would pull the catheter tape off himself - but he is not doing so. How long can I leave it on without concern that it will harm his circulation? If I must remove it, does anyone have any tips for doing so without hurting or upsetting him?View Thread
Thank you doctor. Turns out the tape was the least of my worries. I had to rush my dog to an emergency specialist vet yesterday and they determined he had contracted aspirant pneumonia apparently from the routine dental. There is a 75 percent chance he will pull thru with a couple days of intensive care. Thanks again for your advice and concern.View Thread
My situation starts out somewhat similar to that of Shellgg - 11 year old male cat with case of what appears to be chin acne, and similar reaction to topical meds. Unfortunately the vet does not recommend antibiotics because my kitty is already on Terbinafine and itraconazole to manage a gastrointestinal fungus. After eight vets, Duoxo seborrhea spot-on was recommended instead - but none of the vets seems to have much if any experience with it, and told me to be prepared for some "trial and error." I'd appreciate any expert advice or reports of experience that laypeople on this community may have had.View Thread