What to do when you go on vacation!

Discussion in 'Feline Health - (Welcome & Main Forum)' started by Amaris Welch, Aug 6, 2020.

  1. Amaris Welch

    Amaris Welch New Member

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    Help!. I have a question. Me and my husband are planning on going on vacation in september. Is there a pill form of glucose that my cat Rico can use until we get back. We have someone that can feed him. They just don't want to do the shots.
     
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  2. Wendy&Neko

    Wendy&Neko Senior Member Moderator

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    No pills that are suitable, sorry. What type of insulin is Rico on now? Try contacting your local vet's office and see if they have any tech's that like to make a little money by doing shots. I am lucky that my petsitter will also do shots.
     
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  3. JanetNJ

    JanetNJ Well-Known Member

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    I board my diabetic at the vet when I go away. Family comes and feeds the others.
     
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  4. Amaris Welch

    Amaris Welch New Member

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    He takes vetisulin
     
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  5. Noah & me (GA)

    Noah & me (GA) Well-Known Member

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    To say that Noah was a nervous cat doesn't begin to describe it. If a stranger entered the house he'd hide in the basement for hours so in-home visits just wouldn't work. Over a year ago we had to go to a memorial service that I could not weasel my way out of. We are on good terms with two clinics, one of them is set up to board special needs animals. Lucky us.
    I learned the hard way to make sure the vet and techs clearly understood what I wanted. If I had said "You're not writing this down, have you even heard a word I've said?" Andrew might still be here today. This is borderline arrogant and condescending but here's what I did.
    >Show me his crate. It has to be ground level, no barking dogs next door, dim light during the day and lights off at night.
    >Pick him up like this and keep it quick. He hated being picked up even by me.
    >At home I laid out his meter, syringe etc. in front of him so he'd know what was coming. Please do the same so it's over with quick.
    >A few days before we left I brought him in at shot time to demonstrate how his various meds should be applied. His transdermal BUPE, although simple, was something they had never dealt with before. A little blob on the inner ear and an ear rub was the easiest part of his day.
    >I sterilized his blankets, basket and bowls to make him feel at least a little more at home.
    >It's not the vet that does the shots, it's the tech. She knew I wasn't an arrogant ass and I baked her cookies. In return she was the one and only person who went anywhere near Noah.
    >Because Noah had so many preexisting conditions I gave the vet an "End of life" document. He hated the car and would not have survived an hour long trip to an emergency clinic. The agreement was basically to keep him pain free and not to experiment on him with some unproven miracle treatment.
    Noah came back to us as happy as a cranky old cat could be and even gained some weight.
    Obviously this is an extreme example but in a busy clinic animals are just a number. There's no floral print sofa and scented candles and it's not a charity. I'm not doing this to scare the crap out of you, these are things every pet owner should know.
    I'd wish you luck but you won't need it, it's all common sense. :bighug:
     
  6. Lisa and Witn (GA)

    Lisa and Witn (GA) Well-Known Member

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    That is why I write down very detailed instructions to leave with my diabetic cats when I had to board them. The last time was when I had to board Witn & Spot (both GA). I included instructions that they had to be tested before every shot with their own meters - no exception. I also gave the vet my "don't shoot" number and also said they could not change the dose without speaking to me first. At that time, I was dealing with a new vet in their office that did not support home testing and did not want her to override my instructions. Fortunately, the vet techs did everything I asked for.
     
  7. jt and trouble (GA)

    jt and trouble (GA) Well-Known Member

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    I just stayed home. :rolleyes:
     
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  8. Panic

    Panic Well-Known Member

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    I took mine to a friend's house and taught her how to test/give shots. She was content staying in a bedroom by herself for the 12 days she stayed, never wanted to visit the rest of the house. Thinking back a Libre meter would have been helpful to ease testing duties, but she did great.

    I could only find one place that boarded diabetic cats and they were around $23 a day.
     
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