pain medication for cat

may I give my male cat 11 lb 1/8 of a hydroco/acetam crushed with Water?

RESPONSE:

Without more information I have to say NO. Do not give this to your cat. You didn’t say what the strength of the pill was nor mention what the reason is for the medication. I assume it is for pain, but there are different drugs for different types of pain. Hydrocodone can cause convulsions in cats. Acetaminophen should never be given to cats because it can result in fatal blood and liver disorders. There is no safe dose for cats. Even a cat being given aspirin under a vet’s direction is ½ a baby aspirin every 3rd day and has to be taken with food.

Other common over the counter medications that can be dangerous are:

  • Aspirin
  • Pseudoephedrine
  • Ibuprofen
  • Imodium
  • Diphenhydramine
  • Naproxen (Aleve)

Some of the signs of toxicity (depending upon which one is taken) can be vomiting, abdominal pain, bleeding stomach ulcers, blood disorders, constipation, liver damage, kidney damage, convulsions and hyperactivity. To understand more on this topic go to cat pain control

A reasonably safe prescription drug that you can get through your vet is Tramadol which is a nonsteroidal pain medication. There are also an array of supplements that have been helpful for some pains such as Yucca Intensive by Azmira, and Proanthozone. They help with arthritis and so does Cosequin For Cats. I wish I could have given you a solution but I suggest you make a phone call to your vet, explain the problem your cat has and see if they can recommend an ‘over the counter’ medication that matches your cat’s needs.

In the meantime, caress and pet your cat. Giving it a lot of love will help elevate the natural endorphin levels which will aid him with pain tolerance.

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