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« Reply #45 on: August 23, 2016, 12:30:12 PM »

Glad she's doing better!
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« Reply #46 on: August 25, 2016, 05:31:55 AM »

Is it safe to keep her on the .1 ml Buprenex every 12 hours long term or even indefinitely now?  It's for the hip dysplasia and osteoarthritis in her back.  Will she be okay with that?  Is there anything else worth considering or adding? Thanks.
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« Reply #47 on: August 26, 2016, 03:24:20 AM »

Is Buprenex the same as Bupenorphrine?  If it's a morphine based drug, you may not want her on it long term.  My vet felt that the morphine drug didn't really address the pain issue, and she had me try gabapentin for Bella, which seemed to make Bella a lot more comfortable.  However, it tastes terrible to the cats.
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« Reply #48 on: August 26, 2016, 04:44:17 AM »

Buprenex is the same as Bupenorphrine.  She was on Gabapentin 25 mg 3x daily right before everything went haywire with her pancreas and they found all the other issues.  We never restarted the gabapentin.  Her appetite had been dwindling on it and then she got real sick suddenly.  They said there's no connection between the two but it makes me concerned.   I'll plan to talk about this with her local vet.  Maybe they'll want to do a 1/2 buprenex 1/2 gabapentin regimen or something similar.   What doses were you using for Bella and did she get good pain relief?
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« Reply #49 on: August 26, 2016, 11:18:22 AM »

I just spoke to the vet and they actually want me to give both buprenex AND gabapentin twice a day now.  The gabapentin is supposed to help with the rippling roiling skin sensitivity in her back- especially if she's touched but sometimes she'll do it just sitting there with nothing touching her back.   I'm a little nervous about all this medicine but we'll see what happens.
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« Reply #50 on: August 26, 2016, 01:50:30 PM »

Gabapentin & tramadol can both cause nausea , so keep an eye on her appetite .
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« Reply #51 on: August 27, 2016, 02:56:25 AM »

Her appetite definitely starts diminishing each time we have used gabapentin.  I worry that the dose increase last time from 25 mg once a day to 25 mg three times a day might have contributed in some way to her getting sick a week later but all the doctors say no.    She was never been on a dose that high before.  I observed her eating less and less each day- finally she vomited and then completely stopped eating and was crying in pain  so we had to go to the emergency and that's when they found all those other problems.
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« Reply #52 on: August 27, 2016, 05:09:05 AM »

Ask about Sufulcrate [not sure about spelling] . It's a pill for humans ,but my Fragile was on it because of her long term pain meds . For dogs you crush it & make a slurry with sterile water & use a syringe to get them to take it orally . Not sure if it can be used for cats . It coats the stomach & helps prevent nausea from medications.
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« Reply #53 on: August 29, 2016, 03:36:39 AM »

Gabapentin does affect the appetite, Sad  the vet had me giving Bella 1/4 of a capsule to 1/3.  She said it was mild enough that the difference between 1/4 and a half was pretty minimal, actually.  It really helped with the pain, for Bella.  She started relaxing more and moved about more.  I don't think she got nauseas, anymore than she already was, since she probably was nauseas anyway.
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« Reply #54 on: August 30, 2016, 05:54:17 AM »

Mabel just developed watery diarrhea again.  We've seen this happen in the past after she's taken buprenex for about two weeks- so now I'm convinced of it.   She's not going to be able to take this long term.  No buprenex today and giving Benebac to get things back to normal again.  I will ask about low dose gabapentin instead Merrihart.  Thanks.
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« Reply #55 on: August 30, 2016, 11:35:47 AM »

Consulted with Mabel's veterinarian again today and now the new treatment plan is to administer prednisolone only.  This is supposed to help with all her problems combined- itching, pain, appetite, presumptive small bowel disease based on the ultrasound, etc.  She's been on and off this medication before and I'm hoping she'll do fine with it again.
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« Reply #56 on: August 30, 2016, 04:03:12 PM »

Hve you tried adding canned pumpkin & fiber powder ? Also any probiotic  other thn Purina's fortiflora?
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« Reply #57 on: August 31, 2016, 02:53:36 AM »

She got some benebac yesterday and thankfully only had one loose movement since.  This morning she's being fussy with her dry food but will readily eat turkey lunchmeat.   I wonder if her mouth is bothering her now that the pain medicine has been withdrawn.  Or maybe she's just taking advantage to get the better food  Smiley
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« Reply #58 on: September 14, 2016, 03:09:21 PM »

Sending hopes that Mabel is doing well, rbauer.
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