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? Adequan dosing and administering advice

Discussion in 'Feline Health - (The Main Forum)' started by Panic, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. Panic

    Panic Member

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    I made a post asking some questions about Adequan a few weeks ago, I have been using Cosequin and Omega 3 fish oil for my civie for weeks with no effect. I've asked my vet twice now about prescribing him Adequan and they basically hemmed and hawed about it and said they would get back with me (they haven't).

    I found it available on my vet's online shop and I'd like to purchase it, but I kinda don't feel like my vet will be very helpful in how to use.

    Are there standard dosing instructions or does it depend on the cat?
    It says injections are intramuscular but I'm seeing others do it sub Q. Which is it?
    What syringes do you use? I have both U-40 and U-100s, would either of those work?
     
  2. JanetNJ

    JanetNJ Well-Known Member

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    Yes it's sub q. Originally it was intermuscular but can be done either way. The dose is based on the cats weight. I believe you can use u100

    @jayla-n-Drevon
     
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  3. Panic

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    Thank you! If I purchase Adequan via my vet's online store is this something I could use without going in to see my vet about it (ie just read the bottle/instructions)? I'd obviously go in if I need actual veterinary advice before use, I'm just tired of the run-around from them.
     
  4. JanetNJ

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    You'll need to get him to approve the perscription. The dosage is double the weight. If
    your cat is 10 pounds-
    you double the weight so you have 20
    she would get 0.20 on a 1ml syringe
     
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  5. Larry and Kitties

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  6. Panic

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    I have 1mL U-40s, if dose was .20 would that be 20u?
     
  7. Larry and Kitties

    Larry and Kitties Well-Known Member

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    No, for a U40 syringe 0.2 ml would be (20/2.5) 8 units on a U40 Syringe
     
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  8. JanetNJ

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    No that's only for u100. To save confusion I would get some of the properly sized syringes.
     
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  9. Panic

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    Thank you, I always get thrown for a loop when math is involved, sorry. So my boy is 11 lbs, meaning 0.22 mL = 8.8u on a U-40? My U-100s are 3/10 cc so I would need 1cc instead right? My vet approved the Adequan purchase but there's no syringes listed for them. If there's a different type of syringe I should just get instead please let me know!
     
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  10. JanetNJ

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    I use these 25 gauge turmo needle tips

    https://www.vetrxdirect.com/product/view/terumo-needle-for-cats-and-dogs-rx

    With these 1ml syringes
    https://www.vetrxdirect.com/product/view/monoject-veterinary-syringes-no-needle-rx
     
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  11. jayla-n-Drevon

    jayla-n-Drevon Well-Known Member

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    Im sorry I am just checking this--yes you can give the shot at home I have been doing it for years. As long as you know the dose and adjust if gain or loses weight
    I would make sure you have the syringe and needles you are comfortable with.
    If you need either or many other things this company has many items that you won't need a script for.
    https://www.calvetsupply.com
     
  12. jayla-n-Drevon

    jayla-n-Drevon Well-Known Member

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    Hi Janet-Just a FYI you can get the needles and syringes without a script at.
    https://www.calvetsupply.com

    They have terumo I use them as well --if you don't see the gauge you want ask them they can get them they are very customer friendly.
     
  13. jayla-n-Drevon

    jayla-n-Drevon Well-Known Member

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    This is why I like the 1ml syringes they are much less complicated...
    I just saw a sale on adequan it pretty good price $65.50
    https://entirelypetspharmacy.com/adcan5mlbot.html
     
  14. Krystina & Nelli

    Krystina & Nelli Well-Known Member

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    That’s for one bottle though- I get two bottles from chewy pharmacy, $129
     
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  15. Panic

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    Thanks so much! We just received our Adequan yesterday - it was $85 for one 5mL vial but I used a coupon that put it at $65 which seems to be standard price for one.

    One place was saying every four days for a month, another says 2x a week for a month. I think it ultimately ends up the same? And then 1x a week for another month, and then 1x a month?
    The instructions on my vial says not to puncture more than ten times and then throw away the vial but I haven't seen anyone mention that limitation here, do I literally need to toss the bottle after 10 injections or is it fine?
     
  16. Larry and Kitties

    Larry and Kitties Well-Known Member

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    I puncture my vials a lot more than 10 times each.
     
  17. Panic

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    Thanks, I thought it was a little odd lol but didn't want to assume.
     
  18. jayla-n-Drevon

    jayla-n-Drevon Well-Known Member

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    I did a shot every 4 days for 8 shots then 1x a month and as they aged every 3 weeks-2 weeks and now as true seniors weekly even 4 days apart in the winter.
     
  19. Panic

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    Thanks for that, I might do that instead! How old are your kitties now? Mine just turned 12.
     
  20. jayla-n-Drevon

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    The boys are seniors Rico is 21 and Drevon is 20:cat::cat:
     
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