I hope everyone found some help in my 4 Ways to Pill a Cat Post I made last week. If you haven’t checked it out, go ahead. I hope one of the methods work great for you!
I know how difficult it is dealing with a sick pet, so below I wanted to share some tips for taking care of a pet who has a strict medicine schedule. If you have multiple pets on medicines I know how hard it can be to keep track of who took what and when. So here’s some things I do to make sure all our furry critters get their pills.
Each of our cats right now take 1 Fluconazole pill a day. Because they are different sizes in weight some of them have different MG in terms of size. That means that I have to be extra careful when grabbing their pill bottle to make sure that take the right pill. That means that I have to make sure I physically give them the right pill and that also means I have to be sure that if I’m giving it to them in soft food, that they eat it… and someone doesn’t come up next to them and steal it. Have you ever had to feed 4 cats at the same time? Imagine being the most popular girl in the world, it’s a great feeling.
To keep track of the pill bottle situation, we always mark the top of the bottles with the letter of their first name. So when I go into the medicine cabinet I don’t have to spend a minute reading everyone’s bottle to find who’s who is who, this makes it quick and easy. Making names on the bottles bigger is great for pet sitters as well. Right now I’m out of town so we have a pet sitter stopping by daily to give them their pills. I’m always nervous when someone else has to give our cats pills so this makes me at ease more. Since we need to make sure everyone takes their pill we always make a chart on the chalkboard too. Every single time someone gets their pill we mark it down.
Since the cats get their pills at different times of the day as they have different schedules this makes it easy to remember that yes, Goblin got his at 10AM, but Brother did not get his and it’s now 8PM. Time to track Brother down and give him that pill.
One easy thing that I found out is that lots of my cats prescriptions can actually be filled at my local Walgreens, which is the same pharmacy I use. Doctors and veterinarians commonly prescribe the same medications for people and animals so Walgreens pharmacists can actually fill human-analogous pet prescriptions. How much easier does it get to be able to pick up your own prescription and your pets at the same time? Our vet is not that close so that makes a immediate refill not the easiest thing to get, but Walgreens is 3 blocks a way which means I just have to throw my shoes on, grab my wallet and keys and go. Also I noticed another bonus at refilling your pets prescriptions at Walgreens pharmacy and that it’s sometimes cheaper than your veterinarian office. This is because the markups are higher and there’s usually a dispensing fee. Along with using your Balance Rewards card this is a great way to save because we all know a trip to the vet is not a cheap event.
Because I manage all my own personal prescriptions and refills online I also love that Walgreens Online Prescription Management allows me to add my pets right on the online portal. That means that I’m 2 clicks away from adding each pet to my account.
Also if you don’t want to use the online portal Walgreens has a mobile app where you can track all prescriptions there too. Walgreens is great with monthly reminders to refill so this makes sure I always have their medicine on hand when they need it, with plenty of time to spare in case the pharmacy is out of stock and has to order it. The way I do this is by getting email reminders that I can hit reply and send directly to the pharmacy.
So go on and get your pets healthy! With healthy cats that means they can get back to enjoying their nap and play time.. or in our house that means plenty of wrestling time!