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  1. Thanks for this very interesting article Michael, its a shame this has a very short shelf life and I’d guess it’s expensive too, but what price a life saver like that!

  2. Ruth’s experience draws attention to the deficiencies of of some of the drugs prescribed for cats. Not enough thought is given to how to get that medicine inside the cat. Benadryl has a very bitter taste and no animal will take it mixed with food. The same for several other medicines like Trimethoprim Sulfa for coccidiosis and Flagyl for amoebas. If a cat gets Trimethoprim Sulfa on it’s tongue it froths at the mouth like an attack of rabies, but it is sold in ordinary tablet form instead of enteric coated or in well sealed capsules. I get by this by putting these medicines in an empty capsules. Even that way isn’t always practical because severasl of my cats because several of my cats react very violently to any attempt to pout anything in their mouths. There is the drug called fenbendazol for amoebas and giardiasis which is almost tasteless, and for coccidiosis there is Baycox which can be mixed with food. It’s a shame when no veterinarian knew about this and I had to find out for myself.
    Thanks for the tip about EpiPen. That should be a lot more effective than the small capsules of Benadyl that I always have to hand. What I need most of all is something for snake bite. I have already lost a couple of cats to what seems to be snake bite, but that usually happens out of sight and it’s unlikely I could get there in time and probably the only remedy would be an antivenom.

    • I had to take flagyl (metranidazole) for giardia a number of times in my life and I know from personal experience its one of the worst tasting pills there is – you taste it before you can swallow it.

      This kit sounds good. Mine chase bees that come on the balcony and in the house. They would probably try to eat one.

        • I’m not sure Monty is hypersensitive to bee stings, though he could be, having been stung about eight times in his short life. If an animal (or human) gets stung on the mouth, lips or tongue you need to seek immediate medical assistance. Normal swelling associated with the sting can cause the throat to swell and close. Having been told the sting was on his tongue I’m surprised Monty’s vet even suggested trying the Benadryl. My instinct was to bring Monty in right away, but I wanted to spare him a trip to the vet if I could.

          You would think that traumatic event would keep him away from bees forever, but it hasn’t. He still will go after them. He has not been stung since the incident last summer. I take him out mornings and evenings most of the time, when the bees are less active. Cool, cloudy and even rainy days see less bee activity and Monty will play outside even in a downpour. We have had a cool, rainy summer– perhaps this has helped to keep him safe from bees. It seems like there have been fewer bees around even on hot sunny days.

          We now have mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus in this area. The advice is to keep pets inside mornings and evenings when mosquitoes are most active. So we can’t win. But West Nile mainly affects those with weakened immune systems and rarely affects pets. So we take our chances with the mosquitoes and hide out from the bees.

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