My vet and I are in discussions about what would be the best pain relief for Ootay's arthritis, her pain is getting worse.
She left me a message today, in reply to my message to her. We had discussed tramadol; side affects of constipation and nausea are a concern.
She also mentioned the injection adequan, which is used in dogs. I have done a little research and haven't come up with anything about use in cats. I know often vets use medicines off label for cats that are approved only for dogs.
The website wasn't very forthcoming with information. It mentioned 8 injections for 6 months relief, but did not say how far apart the injections are (once a week, twice a week?) nor how the injections are given. (intramuscular? intravenous? subcutaneous?)
I don't think I'd want to put Ootay through the regimen of 8 injections but am curious if anyone else has any input on this.
(we'll probably just go with the tramadol. vet wants to look into liquid, to get more exact dosing. I'd rather have pills, Ootay is easier to pill than syringe, but we'll see)