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Author Topic: Give SQ (subcutaneous) fluids like a pro and save your cat  (Read 81 times)
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« on: August 03, 2019, 09:48:16 PM »

It's not completely certain yet but it looks like Chami has kidney disease.  I've been doing so much research and looking around now that I've started giving her SubQ morning and night, and on YouTube I came across this vet who has made wonderful videos so I went to his homepage where he and his wife have a course called STS that is a series of video guides that you can purchase online.  They are very good and I am very glad I bought the series.  It shows you how to "ask" your cat his preferred way of medicating and shows video of different trials with various cats which is very helpful.  It's given me the confidence I need to try to get better at this and make the experience for Chamster easier.  Chami doesn't even like me weighing her.   Tongue

If you're having trouble with home medications (pills or shots) or SubQ, I really recommend taking a look at the series.

Stress to Success (STS): The essential guide to medicating your feisty, grumpy or reluctant cat. Regain control, make them less scared and re-establish the bond.

https://iwillhelpyourcatcourses.com/stresstosuccess/
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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2019, 05:42:05 PM »

August, do you have blood test results for Chami? What do you mean you think she has kidney disease but you are not certain? Two times a day for subQ sounds a bit excessive to me, since it is usually in quite late stage that they need that much fluid. And while giving fluids makes them feel better if they are dehydrated, diet and supplements and needed meds are the key in managing it. 

More on subQ:
https://felinecrf.org/subcutaneous_fluids.htm

It is great that you came across helpful videos for subQ, but please also consider other important aspects, i.e. vitamin B supplementation, omega 3 supplementation, and appetite stimulants if needed, plus at least part of the diet prescription renal. I found those things most helpful. Vit. B especially in preventing anemia. Also using Azodyl although I am not sure it is doing anything but since Mitzie has been stable for 4 years I am reluctant to change anything.
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2019, 07:57:39 PM »

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Chami doesn't even like me weighing her.   Tongue

I feel you there! I have been known to report Gypsy’s weight as “6lbs of angry”.  Cheesy She is also getting sub-Qs, but for some reason the weighing actually ticks her off more. Weird, no?

Rooting for you and Chami. <3
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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2019, 08:30:16 PM »

Chami  Kiss I hope you can get her feeling better soon. I'm lucky that all of my cats are really easy to medicate. Haboob is the most difficult but even he has settled down now that he knows it will be over in a few seconds. (He and Smoggy get ear drops every 3 days)

I also agree with Alek that twice a day fluids seems a lot. How many ccs is she getting per session? Thunder got 100ccs once a day and that was too much for her. I was actually able to give her enough fluids by mouth when we discovered she could not absorb the subqs.
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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2019, 10:19:10 PM »

Just to let everyone know that I am in touch with August and Chami is doing better, looking better and behavior is back to normal. Fluid amount is indeed a bit higher than usual practice, but she has confirmed it with her vet (90 ml per session, two sessions per day) and she is monitoring Chami carefully. Since Chami is doing better and absorbing the fluid, I guess this seems to be right amount for her.

August will post after she knows more after the next check up, and when things are a bit more settled down. She just didn't want everyone to worry hence I am posting an update, and she thanks you all for the help.

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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2019, 05:48:09 PM »

I'm glad Chami is feeling better! Thanks for keeping us updated Alek!
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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2019, 11:25:55 AM »

Appreciate the update, alek0. I’m glad Chami is doing better!
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« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2019, 05:29:37 AM »

Thank you Alek0 ! Glad to hear Chami is doing well  Smiley
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