- Jun 13, 2018
- Central FL (Born in OH)
I use unscented, hypo-allergenic wipes to clean Feeby's ears. Some others have used witch-hazel. I have added a couple of drops of witch hazel to the wipes as it does seem to help clear the residue with less 'rubbing'. It does contain a small percentage of alcohol, so I don't use much of it. Feeby is not on Methimazole transdermal (she takes oral Felimazole), but I do apply Mirataz transdermally. I suspect any of these gels will cause a residue buildup, but you'd be amazed how many vets don't seem to think it is necessary - probably because none of them have actually had to use it themselves.So I must ask, how do I go about cleaning his ears with the transdermal medication or keeping his ears clean on it / for best absorbtion?
If you can get finger cots, ideally for free, that's great. I think I said before, I use the most basic plastic gloves and cut off a finger for each dose. So, one glove at least lasts me 6-7 doses since I also cut the glove palm in half for two more doses.
That is the whole thing about starting doses out low, to let the cat's body get used to the meds and to help reduce the chance of side effects - or a too large dose. If there are side effects, most of the time, the meds can be stopped temporarily and then re-started. But why go through that for the sake of trying to expedite the process - when in fact that would delay it anyway?I will make some calls tomorrow. I want what is best for my best friend Max.. it would kill me if he had any side effects because the vet and treatment center are trying to hurry this process up.
When you call around ask about the effectiveness level of oral vs. transdermal - it could help you to make a better decision about the dosage. As I said before perhaps a bit higher dosage is acceptable when using the transdermal.
neely probably already told us, but maybe for (my) sake of clarity, perhaps she can tell us what T4 level her cat had to begin with and what dosage level was initiated at that time, whether/when there were dosage increases over time, and how long before an acceptable level was reached for the I-131 treatment. I understand no two cats will respond in the exact say way, but it would be a good baseline for you to have. I cannot give that kind of information because I am not using the transdermal version for Feeby's H-T, and I have pretty much ruled out I-131 for her given her age, so we are merely trying to maintain a 'respectable' level for her.
Sorry for the long post!