? FAO scs islander: Helpful Medication Information Sites

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  1. Critter Mom

    Critter Mom Well-Known Member

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    Hiya,

    In one of your recent threads you asked for recommendations on where to look online for information about medications but I can't find your request again. :oops: Therefore I'm reposting here some links to sites that I have found to be very helpful in this regard (see my next post on this thread).


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  2. Critter Mom

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    Here's one of my go-to resources for pet med information:

    Marvista Vets Pharmacy Centre

    I also use www.drugs.com for research - useful for learning about side effects of human meds prescribed for feline patients - look at the notes for professionals as well as those for consumers. (Don't ignore the rare side effects in humans, especially if your cat is med-sensitive.)

    ETA:

    drugs.com has a very helpful drug interactions checker.

    Other useful sites:

    - WebMD Drug Database - also useful for side effect research.

    - PetEducation.com Medication Centre - whole site's a goldmine of information.

    - petMD - Pet Medications

    For all resources listed above they will give you basic information and you will probably need to do a good bit of thinking about how these treatments may benefit or put your cat at risk.

    It is also extremely valuable to seek out the experiences of other caregivers managing cats with similar health issues as they may be able to shine more light on specific benefits and potential side effects of medications that don't necessarily get much of a mention in the literature, or indeed they may be able to point you toward medications which can work well for cats but which your own vets may not have come across or used to treat any of their other patients; every cat is different and sometimes you need to be a strong advocate for your kitty in order to secure treatments that really suit your kitty's needs. Condition-specific support groups (e.g. FDMB, Tanya's Site, various Yahoo feline support groups) can be a great place to learn more about a broader range of effective treatments, but make sure that the groups are reputable and well-respected by other experienced feline caregivers.

    I have always discussed anything I learn through research on meds & supplements with my vets. Sometimes they may know more than me, sometimes they may know less than me about various treatment options but we always debate the potential risks and benefits of any treatment avenue and agree a way forward before I would even consider trialing a treatment on one of my cats. I strongly advocate that others do the same.

    At the very least your vet needs to ALWAYS be completely aware of the type of food, meds, and supplements your cat is receiving in order to make safe recommendations for treatment(s) your cat may need.

    Based on my experience a strong vet-caregiver partnership is the best thing to have in a kitty's corner - where both parties play to their strengths (the vet's professional training and clinical experience; the caregiver's intimate, day-to-day knowledge of their cat and their greater time available for research) for the benefit of the cat. The whole tends to be significantly greater than the sum of the parts in terms of developing effective treatment plans.


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    [The above was originally posted here.]

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  3. Critter Mom

    Critter Mom Well-Known Member

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    Bump.

    @scs islander - Not sure whether or not you spotted this info.


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  4. Greg and Goma & Friends

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    I really want to thank you for taking your time to find and post all of this. Just the resources I needed.
     
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  5. Critter Mom

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    I'm glad it's helpful. I actually did the digging some time ago and just reposted the info for you here. :) (Gotta love forum backposts!)

    I've got chronic PTSD plus other related anxiety disorders. Consequently, over the years I was prescribed a slew of meds (all pretty much useless) and I got into the habit of doing a bit of digging online about mode of action, side effects, etc., because I'm very medication-sensitive. So was Saoirse. (((Saoirse))) When it came to helping her, I would sometimes get recommendations about possible treatments from members here and also from Tanya's Site. I wanted to find out more about them before trialling them with my beloved girl.

    I also found that vets typically don't tend to volunteer much information about possible side effects of meds they prescribe. They also tend to be a bit light on potential drug interactions and contraindications, especially for drugs they don't prescribe frequently. In fairness, general practice vets are stretched across so many species that they just don't have the bandwidth to be fully-fledged pharmacists as well.


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  6. Greg and Goma & Friends

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    Want you to know that because of your efforts I am now becoming more proactive in regards to any meds given to Goma. Today at the Vets I asked for and obtained product sheets for all meds she is now on. Although in Japanese, the drug name is clear and I will be conducting research on each one. Thank you again for all of your enlightenment.
     
  7. Critter Mom

    Critter Mom Well-Known Member

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    Happy digging! Give a shout if you think we can help with anything. :)

    Sending some fusses for Goma. (((Goma)))


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  8. Greg and Goma & Friends

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    I think you know I will...
     
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  9. Critter Mom

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    I have faith. :D ;)


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