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Transdermal Pet Medications

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Giving a pill to a dog or cat can sometimes be a daunting task. In the morning, when you’re rushing around, the last thing you need is a finicky cat refusing to take his medication. My cat Atlantis will sometimes take a pill slipped inside of a pill pocket but sometimes, he flatly refuses. It also seems that the pills were upsetting his stomach. This can be the case for some pets.

My vet recommended a transdermal medication. It comes in metered doses from a plastic tube. I just give the bottom of the tube two clicks and the correct dosage is dispensed from the tube. I then rub it in one of Atlantis’s ears. I have to make sure his ears are clean or the dose will not absorb properly so regular ear cleaning is necessary. I use a baby wipe and swap the inside of his ears everyday. The medication does leave some residue inside the ear which is the reason why regular cleaning is necessary. This method ensures that Atlantis gets his medication but there is one downside. Transdermal medications are much more expensive as the pharmacist has to make the preparation. The dispenser also adds to the cost.

Transdermal medications are worth it just for the convenience.

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