Monday, September 21, 2009

Trial and error

Patience is a virtue. Methods we've tried so far to get Jeffrey to take his meds:
  1. Epakitin powder stuffed into empty pill capsule, azodyl already in capsule form, then loaded into pill popper - Fail (capsule breaks/major biting or scratching/vomits immediately/powder goes everywhere)
  2. Mixed in food - Fail (won't eat it)
  3. Mixed with tuna water and syringed down throat - Fail (major biting or scratching/goes everywhere except down his neck/makes him gag/vomit)
  4. Mixed with dry food and enclosed in a ziplock bag all night so the food absorbs the powder - Fail (won't touch it)
  5. Mixed with veal flavour babyfood to make a paste and spread on fur when he's calm and not really aware of what you're doing - SUCCESS! (sometimes goes all over the place but usually he licks it off - at least he's getting most of it)
It's taken us about a week to get to this point after much anguish, distress, frustration and stress for everyone. It also took several days to find a couple of foods that he really loves, so now he is eating without the anti-nausea meds or the appetite stimulant. This is much more than we could have hoped for just over a week ago when he was so thin and refusing to eat. He's a tough boy from the street though, we wouldn't have expected him to give up so easily. Great to see him up and about again. Go Jeffrey! And a huge thank you to all our friends on Twitter who provided the most incredible support network at a time when we'd just all arrived in a new country and barely knew anyone. You made it all so much easier to bear, and we got there in the end!

2 comments:

  1. The mixing of medication with veal flavour babyfood to make a paste and spread on fur is a brilliant idea. Must remember it for future reference.

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  2. It really took a lot of heartache to get to that point though, would not want to go through it again!

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