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12 November 2019 - 5:57 pm
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They usually have the antibiotics you spoke of,  pain meds like buprenorphine, and gabapentin for phantom limb pain. 

Where are you from? 

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12 November 2019 - 6:16 pm
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I’m in nyc (Queens)- talked to my vet tech friend and it’s a long term antibiotic shot and another similar one for pain. 

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 Convenia and buprenorphine

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12 November 2019 - 6:37 pm
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That’s good on the Convenia, but i think the buprenorphine injection only lasts up to 24 hours.  They can give you oral doses that you just drop on the gums every 8 hours or so for when the hospital drugs wear off. Gabapentin helps them with phantom limb pain and the combination works very well at keeping their pain managed. 

Most pets are on painkillers and gabapentin for 2-3 weeks,  some animals remain on gabapentin even longer. 

Unfortunately,  we face this a lot with pets and amputations.  Sometimes we really have to advocate for our furbabies. Huck was on pain meds for about 3 weeks and i had to fight for him. 

I am not telling you what to do,  but you may want to get in touch with them and try to get her more medication.  

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Jackie, David, Bo, Andy, Oscar, Angel Mitchell, and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

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I will def call and ask- I don’t want her in pain! Vet tech said the form she got lasts 3 days- but I’ll def find out! She is on daily steroids (not now because of procedures and healing) so she’s pretty used to taking meds poor thing! She’s an FIV kitty on top of all else and has issues with anemia. This is why I’m so shocked she healed so quickly the 1st time- I’m really glad it didn’t interfere too much with body’s ability to heal. 

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Glad she got the injection.  That can give you some peace of mind.  HOWEVER, tomorrow you can speak with the Vet and advocate for  some more  pain meds!

Here’s a link:  pain management .   It’s  hard to believe  that some Vets are still behind in pain management , but we see here here and that’s  why we all speak up so loudly about it.  Look at it this way, if any human had MAJOR AMPUTATION  SURGERY, they would probably be in rhe hospital  on  a morphine drip for days, as well as other strong pain meds!

Try and get some rest, okay?  You’re  doing a great job of caring  for Ivy!

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12 November 2019 - 6:51 pm
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That’s great,  3 days is def better than 24 hours.  I know the antibiotic injection is so much better than having to give orally. 

I don’t know if FIV would be a reason to not give gabapentin.  I haven’t been a tech in quite a while and until we took Huckleberry in i was only involved with one amputation and that was a tail that got broke in a door 🤯

Just check with them and see what they say.  She is one lucky kitty to have you for her family.  I have seen FIV kitties do well for a long time.  

Hang in there!

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12 November 2019 - 6:51 pm
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Agreed Benny 55! Thanks to you all- I’ll learn lol.. you guys are so great!

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Paws-(I also can’t figure out to reply to specific people!) she really has been a trooper since day 1! Strongest being I’ve known! 

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It’s ok, my name is Jackie😊 You are doing a great job,  i didn’t mean to worry you,  just trying to help you get her through this as smoothly as possible. 

Hang in there! We will do our best to support you❤

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Jackie and Huckleberry ❤

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I’m so happy Ivy is home and cozy in her closet. Mona sure loved her little den in her closet.

Mona was on Buprenophin for about 5 days and Metacam  (anti-inflammatory, pain relief) for 10-14 days. The dosage was for 3-4 times a day. I gave it to her 3 times a day initially but found the 4 times a day worked better to control the pain. I also gave her some cool and warm compresses and massages. Mona love being brushed and fussed over so it worked well for her. 

All cats are different. I don’t know how the vet knew Mona didn’t need a cone or that the best food for her was canned kitten food (she loved it). I’m sure Ivy will tell you what she needs. Mona sure let me know!!

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I put her squishy fluffy bed in a spot in the closet hopefully she finds it lol.. I’m planning on coaxing her out of closet to sit with me for the scratches she loves… when kids aren’t home and it’s just me since I called out 😮.. 1st day home I need to be here ❤️

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I totally agree, good for you for taking the day to stay with her. I don’t know what size the closet is but if you can keep her things close by to her that would be really good. You can also get a small cardboard box, like the bottom of a case of cans, and line it with something, and put some litter in that so it is shallow and easily accessible. She probably won’t poop for a few days but urinating is important. Keeping her hydrated is important too. She will get a lot of hydration with canned food and broth type treats. I used the Delectables Squeeze Ups for Huck and they were a godsend. 

I hope you all had a calm evening and everypawdy was able to rest.

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13 November 2019 - 6:24 am
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Cardboard box is a great idea for litter- never even thought about it! Thanks! I certainly have those lying around! im on it!

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Oh wow sorry I missed your posts yesterday. How’s it going today?

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Today was actually really great! She spent time in closet and at some point I set up her bed with me in living room.. I wanted to make sure she ate something.. I brought her in and gave her some love and she ate.. she didn’t give me a chance to go get her water before she was out of bed and walking across room to where her water usually is.. she settled in the kitchen (where she often hangs with us) so I brought bed and litter box and food and water for her to hang there. She spent a good amount of time resting and even used litter box! I’m so proud of her today! Thanks again for everyone’s support- I’m still working on figuring out pics lol.. 

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