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AIBU to follow instructions on medicine box?

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Soubriquet Thu 12-Jan-17 20:16:44

Cat had her spay done yesterday

Dh came home with some medicine for her from the vet when he bought her home

He said its a painkiller but I've got a sneaking feeling it's an antibiotic.

Can't go look at it at the moment because I've got a sleeping cat on me grin

Anyway the instructions say give her 0.5ml once a day.

Which I've been doing.

Dh asked me today how much I have her and said 0.5. He went "What!! It should only be 0.3! The vet said 0.3! No wonder she's all sleepy and chilled out"

He didn't tell me 0.3 so I assumed the instructions on the box are right

So AIBU to follow the instructions and to keep following the instructions?

GlitteryFluff Thu 12-Jan-17 20:17:52

Is it a medicine that goes by weight? Like some flea and worming ones are?

GlitteryFluff Thu 12-Jan-17 20:18:19

Part of me would say don't worry but it's almost double the amount.

I don't have a cat

Soubriquet Thu 12-Jan-17 20:20:03

It does say by weight yes

But then it's printed instructions. As in the vet printed them off with her details and stuck it on the box. And they weighed her yesterday for the anaesthetic so should in theory have an accurate weight for the correct dosage

BernardsarenotalwaysSaints Thu 12-Jan-17 20:23:50

YANBU If that is whats printed on the dispensing label. Maybe call the vets in the morning just to double check.

Soubriquet Thu 12-Jan-17 20:25:19

I think I better do really.

Don't want to OD the cat... and I don't want to under medicate her either

LivingInMidnight Thu 12-Jan-17 20:28:52

So you've got a really placid toots? grin

I would have followed the instructions too. I'd carry on and ring the vet in the morning.

Soubriquet Thu 12-Jan-17 20:32:41

Very placid

It's bliss!

Not had this many cuddles since she was a kitten

SockQueen Thu 12-Jan-17 20:34:30

What is the name of the drug?

Soubriquet Thu 12-Jan-17 20:35:35

I can't remember at the moment. I'll update when I finally get up. Can't move a sleeping cat now can I

Soubriquet Thu 12-Jan-17 20:54:45

This is it

Now dh has said 0.3 it does appear I've OD'd the cat.... the 0.5 is the suspension not the dosage.

The bloody dosage is 2.66kg. Which is clear as mud with the syringe they gave me.

Why didn't dh tell me it was 0.3!!! She should be ok shouldn't she?

She's only had two doses 24 hours apart

user1471433377 Thu 12-Jan-17 20:57:35

Not sure about the dose question, but I'm pretty sure that's a pain killer. My cats have had it in the past

Anonymous1112 Thu 12-Jan-17 20:59:53

It's an anti inflammatory like ibruprofen, she'll be fine having extra for a couple of doses. She'd be sleepy anyways, general anaesthetic knocks them out a bit for days

HermioneJeanGranger Thu 12-Jan-17 21:06:59

She'll be sleepy anyway due to the op.

Just keep an eye on her, but she'll be fine. It's just an anti-inflammatory.

Soubriquet Thu 12-Jan-17 21:07:45


I was getting concerned then for a moment.

I'll drop the dose down for her next lot. Bet she won't be as docile but I can't have it all grin

Spam88 Thu 12-Jan-17 21:18:40

Yep that's an anti-inflammatory, my dog has it for her hips (and she's like a bloody puppy again jumping around the place!).

littlefrenchonion Thu 12-Jan-17 21:53:37


Vet nurse perspective here - I would call your vets and let them know. I don't think it will be a problem, but you should let them make the call.

Don't make the mistake of thinking it's just an anti-inflammatory - a cat's kidneys are unfortunately quite sensitive to issues of toxicity, and an anti-inflammatory at the wrong dose has the potential to do some harm. Problems usually appear later on, so I would call them to be on the safe side.

I would stop using the medication for now, until you've spoken to them.

I would also stop using it if she's had any vomiting or diarrhoea as it can irritate the the gut lining, particularly if given without food or given more than stated (usually once daily).

I've seen meloxicam do some pretty horrible things at the wrong dose! It pains me to see someone describe it as just an anything...

Nottalotta Thu 12-Jan-17 22:00:00

It's one ml (or syringe unit if that makes sense) per kg body weight. My girl cat was prescribed it last week and had 4measures on the syringe, she's 4kg.

Nottalotta Thu 12-Jan-17 22:01:02

Oh and yes, must be given with food.

LostSight Thu 12-Jan-17 22:04:04

I agree with littlefrenchonion ( I'm a vet ). Unfortunately, cats can be quite sensitive to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Drowsiness can be one of the signs of overdosage and there is a risk of kidney failure. If you contact your vet, they should be able to contact the poisons helpline for specific information on the dosage you have given, and whether your cat will need iv fluids. Sorry, I'm sure that isn't the message you wanted to hear, but better safe than sorry.

Soubriquet Thu 12-Jan-17 22:09:30

Thank you.

I've been given her 0.5ml with food

No diarrhoea or sickness but lots of sleeping.

Still happy enough to eat and chase around when she wants to though

I'll give the vet a call just in case

Anonymous1112 Sat 21-Jan-17 19:03:21

Ey up, how's kitty doing now?

Soubriquet Sat 21-Jan-17 20:11:14

She's doing good thank you

She pulled her stitches out this week though the stupid animal so had to go back for an antiobiotic shot but it's mostly healed and the vets were happy to leave it

Anonymous1112 Sun 22-Jan-17 10:08:25

Aw good, I'm glad - cats are bloody buggers though 😄

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