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Convenia: Worth the Risk? — 7 Comments

  1. I’ve just checked Sophie’s medical records and note that she was given Convenia when she had an abscess wound on her tail. I do recall that at the time I was offered the choice of antibiotics in tablet form or a long lasting injection. Having struggled to get Sophie to take tablets in the past I opted for the injection. Fortunately she didn’t suffer any side effects and she regained mobility in her tail within a matter of days.

    I had no idea that some animals have a severe adverse reaction to Convenia. Do we know how common this is or whether there is any way of telling which animals might have a bad reaction? The better informed we are, the better decisions we can make on behalf of our pets.

  2. our vets & doctors SHOULD b intimidated by us, or at least respect us enough 2 NOT b.s. over our-or our animals- care. there was a time when they were the undisputed giants, butn the information age more people can know what they do. it SHOULD spur them 2 a higher level of excellence n their field. never b afraid 2 ask questions. write them down, or bring a friend if u have 2. better 2 have “too many” questions than not enough answers. iv learned that the hard way. its our lives & our pets lives at stake. a doctors “comfort” SHOULD NEVER dissuade us from asking the hard questions. it seems kids have had it right all along when they keep asking, “Why?”. we should take their cue.

    • Thanks Ed. Interesting thoughts and agree with what you say as long as we are polite and fair-minded with our vet we have a right to disagree with them and even on occasions know more than them about cat health.

  3. Thank you for this valuable information. More and more we see that our cat’s health and lives are being risked for “convenience” with both food and medicines.

    We need to be aware that most vets will not “ask” us if they can use a particular drug, since they will assume we are ignorant lay people. They will “tell” you that they are giving an “anti-biotic” or a “sedative” but not say what it is. Nor will they tell you the side effects if you don’t ask.

    I experienced this only recently with my cat Mitzy.
    She had serious side effects from Tresaderm, an anti-biotic used in ear infections. And also, from sedatives used for deep ear cleaning. Later, I found out that one of these had been re-called the year before.

    We must be pro-active in our cat’s care, more now than ever with drug and pet food companies seducing the vets.

    Smart phones make it easy to do quick research when you’re in the vet’s office. Ask the name of the suggested drug, and look it up to see the potential risks. Make an informed decision, so you’re not at the mercy of the vet.

    The last time I took Mitzy to the vet, my friend offered to do any necessary drug research for me, since I don’t have a “smart” phone. She said to call her from the vet’s office if I needed her help.

    This person is an ally in sharing information about cat welfare. I consider myself lucky to have her covering my back. I wish everyone had an ally like this; it makes those difficult decisions a little easier.

    • I think you’re right that both food and drugs are tailored to us and we demand convenience but what does the cat want! Better food and drugs 😉 .

      Vets might be surprised and even upset if the client asks about the antibiotic suggested and then makes demands about alternatives. Are vets getting commissions on the drugs they use?

      The Mitzy story is upsetting. I am sure a good percentage of vets don’t keep up to pace fully with respect to developments.

      I like the idea of checking on a smartphone while at the vet. That would intimidate the vet perhaps.

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