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Janet
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« on: August 21, 2008, 07:32:51 AM »

My crf cat Bennie was recently prescribed Famotidine 0.1ml twice daily. Something to do with stomach acid, I believe. (I do need to google it and have not done so yet.)
Has anyone else used this drug for their crf kitty?
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Carol
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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2008, 08:18:58 AM »

yes, this is generic pepcid ac...and both angel Jessica and Smudge were on it...jessica for only a couple weeks---this got her to eat again...and Smudge was on it until June and now needs it occasionally...it reduces the stomach acid...no side effects with either cat....except the pilling thing...which in case you need a smile today (I know I do)...if you have not read this before I gurantee at least a smirk!  I read it on main page itchmo last year during the crisis of acute renal failure and smiled even then!

How to give a cat a pill:
1. Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat’s mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.
2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.
3. Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.
4. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right fore-finger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.
5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse in from garden.
6. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat’s throat vigorously.
7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.
8. Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil and blow down the straw.
9. Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink glass of water to take taste away. Apply band-aid to spouse’s forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.
10. Retrieve cat from neighbor’s shed. Get another pill. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.
11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus jab. Throw Tee-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.
12. Ring fire brigade to retrieve cat from tree across road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.
13. Tie cat’s front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table, find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of fillet steak. Hold head vertically and pour two pints of water down throat to wash pill down.
14. Get spouse to drive you to the emergency room, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and remove pill remnants from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.
15. Arrange for RSPCA to collect cat and ring local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.

How to give a dog a pill:
1. Wrap it in bacon.
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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2008, 08:55:15 AM »

Yes, Janet, my two crf cats have been getting 1/4 of an original strength
Pepcid AC tablet daily since January 2007. The original strength part is very important
since over-the-counter Pepcid AC comes in several strengths. Most of the other
strengths are higher in concentration and should not be used on kitties. As I understand
it, the Pepcid/famotadine is used to control nausea/stomach acid and seems to work well most of the time. When I forget it, there seems to be more stomach upset and vomitting. The cats, like Carol's, don't like being given a pill and a piller (available from your vet) to pop it in seems to work best for me. You can cut the Pepcid tablets with a pill cutter available from drug stores and your
vet.
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2008, 11:44:15 AM »

Janet I have used Pepcid AC on my 11 year old dog a couple of times, and it has been wonderful. The cats have never had it, but I'm going to mention it to my vet when I take the 18 year old CRF cat in. His appetite isn't great, and he is throwing up more.
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2008, 05:45:08 PM »

For RIP Kandie I had it compounded at the local compounding pharmacy into a lovely salmon flavor
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kaffe
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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2008, 10:34:57 PM »

Although most cats do OK with famotidine (pepcid), it didn't seem to help Kaffe's hyper-acid tummy.  Someone in the CRF Support group told me that some cats actually feel lousy on famotidine.  So, I switched to ranitidine (zantac - 1/8th tab) and this seems to be better for Kaffe.
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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2008, 07:41:28 AM »

Kaffe, what's the strength on the over-the-couter Zantac pill that you're giving 1/8th of?
I have one cat that might not like the Pepcid AC. So I'd like to give the Zantac a try.
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kaffe
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« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2008, 08:26:41 AM »

Kaffe, what's the strength on the over-the-couter Zantac pill that you're giving 1/8th of?
I have one cat that might not like the Pepcid AC. So I'd like to give the Zantac a try.

he he he  The usual dose is 1/8th of a 75mg ranitidin pill - yes, 1/8th !!!  It is th very devil to cut the brand-name Zantac into 8 parts, but most generic over-th-counter 75mg ranitidine are round and easier to cut up.  What I do is just cut the round pilss into 4 parts and when ready to give a dose, I cut 1/4 into two.  It is so tiny that I can usually crush it and mix in about 3ml water and squirt into Kaffe's mouth directly. 
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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2008, 08:31:17 AM »

Thanks, Kaffe, very much. Will give it a try. I just don't know for sure if it's the Pepcid
or the blood pressure medication.

I'm cutting several meds and know what you mean. The amount of medication I've trashed
because it doesn't cut right is about equal to the amount given. :-D If there was a pill cutter
that really worked well for pets, I'd pay a lot for it.
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« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2008, 10:17:21 AM »

Fomodiine (pepcid) is a common medication given to cats that suffer from problems with stomach acid related to a lot of illnesses.  My Cougar has been taking it daily since 2004 for IBD & pancreatitis. He initially took 1/4 of a 10 mg pill once a day, but now for the last 1.5 years has needed it twice a day. 

My cat Bo also takes pepcid once a day and when he was very sick we gave it to him as an injection (regular prescription to any human pharmacy). 

Here is a really good web page regarding controlling stomach acid with CRF:
http://www.felinecrf.org/treatments.htm#controlling_stomach_acid

Jenny
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Janet
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« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2008, 05:43:13 AM »

My CRF kitty had been doing very well for the past several weeks and now she is beginning to show signs of stomach upset again. Twice I bought a compounded version of famotidine from the vet but it costs $20. I still have some left but it is 2 months old and the container says it is past it's expiration date. She doesn't take a pill very well.
What do you think about the idea of taking 1/4 of an original strength tablet, crushing it and putting it in a little chicken broth (or water) to squirt in her cheek? Has anyone tried this? Do you think it would diminish the effects of the drug? 
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« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2008, 01:05:45 PM »

Janet- I would ask a pharmacist. Can you hide it in food ? My cats & chi will take it that way,1/4 pill is pretty small & easy to hide in any wet food.
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« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2008, 02:55:08 PM »

Good idea, lesliek, although I must say my kitty is pretty smart. I won't be surprised if she detects it in her food and refuses to eat it.
She is eating a little today. I gave her a bit of baby food this morning which sometimes helps her tummy.
Thanks.
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« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2009, 05:11:49 PM »

I had it compouned but Bo wouldn't touch the treats. Apparently too bitter for him - he takes pred that way, though.  Pepcid is also available as an injection (famotidine) so ask the vet about a prescription if you think injections might work.  I got a 20ml vial for about $16 at Target so it will last a while.

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« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2009, 05:11:17 PM »

How long did it take your kitties on pepcid to get some improvement?  Thanks.
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