|Purred: Wed Dec 10, '08 6:26pm PST |
|Hi....I sympaathize with you about the whole pill thing....Lola was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism about four months ago and has been on the Tapazole...Let me give you a tip on the pill-administering.....what I do with her is: Make sure everything is quiet, put the dog in the other room, to make a calm environment, so as not to spook her.....then, I put her up on the kitchen counter ( sorry, clean freaks! ) in a sitting position, and wrap her in a bathtowel, kind of snug, like a strait-jacket, with just her head sticking out. I get the pill and dip it quickly in a saucer of olive oil, which I have out for the occasion....then I gently take her head, open her jaw carefully but quickly and just shoot the pill down her throat....it works almost every time and the tiny bit of oil on the pill makes it slide right down rather than getting caught, where she can spit it across the room. Right after, I give her a bite of special food, whatever she likes, turkey, freshly opened can of her cat food, etc. for a reward. We do this twice a day and although it was tough at first, she got used to it...so we don't really have to put it in food.you didn't say when you do the bloodwork, etc. But Lola gets basic bloodwork ( with thyroid panel ) twice a year and a big bloodwork ( senior profile ) once a year. Of course, urine testing is alway in that, too. Please don't give up on your cat....I had two wonderful cats who lived until they were 18! You can do this!
BTW, I have done a lot of research and although vet's are ok with either the pill-therapy to control it or the radio-iodine therapy ( which I agree is expensive, but in the long run, with the cost of meds over many years, maybe save up for it ) but I also hear that the surgery option doesn't get good reviews, so stay away from the regular thyroid surgery. I still think that you can work out this pill thing.....good luck and keep us posted!
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