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I have a cat with asthma. He is not a good pill-taker, so we have been treating him with steroid shots, which he was receiving every 4-6 weeks. They seemed to be doing the trick until they weren’t anymore, so the vet starting giving him the shots once a week. She has suggested using human inhaler instead, so today I purchased the kitty inhaler device and went to the pharmacy to fill 2 prescriptions (abutirol for emergencies and flovent 2x a day for long term care). The pharmacy told me the flovent would be $370 and that there is not a generic alternative, so Ive been looking into ordering it online. I see that vetrxdirect.com carries it and canadianpharmacymeds.com is another one that has popped up. Does anyone have experience with these or other suggestions?
Post # 3
@MsSven: Yeah, unfortunately Flovent is really expensive. I wouldn’t trust an online pharmacy for that kind of medication.
They can make the oral steroid in to a liquid which can be much easier to give a kitty than a pill. It can even be flavoured too. My cat still hated his liquid medication but I could get it all in to his mouth when I could absolutely not get a pill in him. The liquid steroid is more expensive than the tablets, but will be much less then the Flovent.
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@MsSven: I have a friend who works for the ASPCA, her cat has asthma and she swears by ordering from canadian pharmacy!
Post # 5
@MsSven: Keep in mind that investigations have shown that many online pharnacies are selling countereit medications that can even do more harm than good. Just because they have a trustworthy name doesn’t mean they are safe- or located in Canada.
Post # 6
@julies1949: @mchitt329: @pixiecat: Ladies, thanks for your input.
Just wanted to post an update for anyone interested – I ended up getting flovent from Sam’s Club. You don’t need a membership to use the pharmacy and they had the best price. Still not cheap though.
For those looking for more info on asthma in cats and treatment: the vet had been giving him steroid injections, but they were losing their effectiveness and he was having to get them more and more often. She suggested the inhaler as something that cats usually respond well to and it has fewer side effects (Flovent for long term management and Abutirol for emergencies). Unfortunately, kitty had an attack over the weekend and while the inhalers seemed to make a difference at first, he went downhill very quickly and by the time we arrived at the emergency vet he had already passed. If anyone finds themselves in a similar situation and wants to chat about our experience with the shots, inhaler, etc. feel free to PM me.
Post # 7
MsSven I am so sorry for your loss.