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TANYA'S

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO

FELINE CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE

 
 

 

 

OBTAINING SUPPLIES CHEAPLY: CANADA

 

ON THIS PAGE:


Subcutaneous Fluids Supplies


Therapeutic Diets


Medications


 

 

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WHAT IS CKD?


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KEY ISSUES: PROLONGING LIFE


Phosphorus Control


Hypertension

(High Blood Pressure)


Proteinuria


Anaemia


Potassium Imbalances


Pyelonephritis (Kidney Infections) and Urinary Tract Infections NEW


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KEY ISSUES: HELPING YOUR CAT FEEL BETTER


Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid


Maintaining Hydration


The B Vitamins (Including Methylcobalamin)


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CAT FOOD DATA


Ways of Assessing Food Content, Including What is Dry Matter Analysis


How to Use the Food Data Tables


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SYMPTOMS


Important: Crashing


Alphabetical List of Symptoms and Treatments


Fluid and Urinary  Imbalances (Dehydration, Overhydration and Urinary Issues)


Waste Product Regulation Imbalances (Vomiting, Appetite Loss, Excess Stomach Acid, Gastro-intestinal Problems, Mouth Ulcers Etc.)


Phosphorus and Calcium Imbalances


Miscellaneous Symptoms (Pain, Hiding Etc.)


 

DIAGNOSIS: WHAT DO ALL THE TEST RESULTS MEAN?


Early Detection


Blood Chemistry: Kidney Function, Potassium, Other Tests (ALT, Amylase, (Cholesterol, Etc.)


Calcium, Phosphorus, Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) and Secondary Hyperparathyroidism


Complete Blood Count (CBC): Red and White Blood Cells: Anaemia and Infection


Urinalysis (Urine Tests)


Other Tests: Ultrasound, Biopsy, X-rays etc.


Renomegaly (Enlarged Kidneys)


Which Tests to Have and Frequency of Testing


Factors that Affect Test Results


Normal Ranges


International and US Measuring Systems


 

TREATMENTS


Which Treatments are Essential


Fluid and Urinary Issues (Fluid Retention, Infections, Incontinence, Proteinuria)


Waste Product Regulation (Mouth Ulcers, GI Bleeding, Antioxidants, Adsorbents, Azodyl, Astro's CRF Oil)


Phosphorus, Calcium and Secondary Hyperparathyroidism (Calcitriol)


Phosphorus Binders


Steroids, Stem Cell Transplants and Kidney Transplants


Antibiotics and Painkillers


Holistic Treatments (Including Slippery Elm Bark)


ESAs (Aranesp, Epogen etc.) for Severe Anaemia


General Health Issues in a CKD Cat: Fleas, Arthritis, Dementia, Vaccinations


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DIET & NUTRITION


Nutritional Requirements of CKD Cats


The B Vitamins (Including Methylcobalamin)


What to Feed (and What to Avoid)


Persuading Your Cat to Eat


2007 Food Recall USA


 

FLUID THERAPY


Oral Fluids


Intravenous Fluids


Subcutaneous Fluids


Tips on Giving Subcutaneous Fluids


How to Give Subcutaneous Fluids with a Giving Set


How to Give Subcutaneous Fluids with a Syringe


Subcutaneous Fluids - Winning Your Vet's Support


Dialysis


 

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Home > Supplies > Canada

 


Overview


  • In most cases, your vet will charge more for sub-Q supplies and therapeutic kidney diets than other sources. If you can save money on the basics, you will have money available to pay your vet for regular check ups.

  • The cheapest place for fluids is usually a local pharmacy, but you have to know where to go and what exactly to ask for.

  • Alternatively, there are good, reliable and cost effective online suppliers, both for fluid supplies and food.

  • In Canada, you don't need a prescription to buy fluids.


Subcutaneous Fluids Supplies


 

One person found the cheapest place to obtain LRS fluids in Canada was from her local hospital's pharmacy - items not in stock can usually be ordered overnight and will be available for collection the next day. You can also contact medical supply stores in your local area.

 

Another person used Ontario Vet College in Guelph, ON, paying CAN$4.81 for 1000ml LRS, CAN$7.25 for the administration set and CAN$18 for 200 20 gauge needles.

 

Here are some companies which have been used with success by members of Tanya's CKD Support Group.

 

Stevens Company


The Stevens Company

 

Branches throughout Canada. You have to create an online account to see prices. Many people find irr easier to call their nearest branch and pay over the phone. They will deliver locally, delivery is around 2-4 days.

 

Prices seem to vary somewhat from branch to branch, but for example:

 
Item Quantity Price in CAN$ Date
1000ml lactated ringers solution 1 2.20 - 3.50 2017 07
Needles size 18 100 7.45 2016 12
IV administration sets (15 drops/ml) 1 2.40 - 2.70 2016 12

 

Shipping is usually free over CAN$100, otherwise it is around CAN$7.

 

They also sell size 18 and size 19 winged infusion sets.

 

Surgo HomeCare


Surgo HomeCare

 
Item Quantity Price in CAN$ Date
1000ml lactated ringers solution 1 6.95 2018 02
Needles in various sizes 100 8.00 2016 12

Amsino 78 inch administration set 15drop/ml

1 5.95 2018 02
Winged infusion sets 50 35.75 2018 02

 

Delivery is free for orders over CAN$100 in most of the country.

 

You may have to call to set up an account in some provinces (e.g. Quebec).

 

500ml and 250ml bags are also available.

 

Medical Mart


Medical Mart

 

Has branch offices throughout Canada. Also a retail store in Mississauga where you can purchase supplies from stock:

 

550 Matheson Blvd W

Mississauga

ON

L5R 4B8

Tel: 905-624-2011 or 1-800-379-4780 or store@medimart.com

 

Prices are cheaper from their warehouse nearby but you have to order in advance.

 

Prices are not given on the website, but here are prices people have paid:

 
Item Quantity Price in CAN$ Date
1000ml lactated ringers solution 1 4.00 - 5.95 2016 12
Needles in various sizes 100 11.00 2016 12

Administration sets

1 4.95 2016 12

 

500ml and 250ml bags are also available.

 

Pets Drug Mart


Pets Drug Mart

 
Item Quantity Price in CAN$ Date
1000ml lactated ringers solution 1 6.95 2018 02
Needles various sizes 100 8.38 2018 02
Administration sets 20 drops/ml* 1 4.10 - 4.55 2018 02
Winge infusion sets, size 21 or 23 1 1.60 2018 02
Winge infusion sets, size 21 or 23 50 38.96 2018 02

*This speed is probably too slow for most cats.

 

Shipping costs vary, one person paid CAN$6 to Vancouver.

 

They also sell Normosol-R and PlasmaLyte A fluids.

 

Also sell other medications, see below.

 

Stat Health Care


Stat Health Care

 

A wholesale distributor in Calgary which only sells within Alberta.

 

You have to contact them for prices.

 

The phone number is 403-297-0700.

 


Therapeutic Diets


 

Ask about buying in bulk from your vet. One of our cats needed a therapeutic food which cost US$2 per 5.5 oz can. However, when we bought a case, the price fell to US$1.40 a can.

 

Global Pet Foods


Global Pet Foods

 

Apparently sell a variety of foods, including some therapeutic diets, at reasonable prices, though choices and prices vary from store to store.

 

My Vet Store


My Vet Store

 

Sells therapeutic kidney diets for around $2 a can.

 


Medications and Other Supplies


 

Pets Drug Mart


Pets Drug Mart

 

Has a section for kidney supplies, and sells various items, such as maropitant and cyproheptadine at reasonable prices. Shipping is at cost.

 

Walmart


Walmart

 

Sells a number of generic medications cheaply, such as lactulose or benazepril.

 

 

Please also see the following pages:

  • Medicating Your Cat - for items to help make pilling less stressful for you both, such as Pill Pockets and gelcaps.

 

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This page last updated: 16 February 2018

Links on this page last checked: 16 February  2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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TREATING YOUR CAT WITHOUT VETERINARY ADVICE CAN BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.

 

I have tried very hard to ensure that the information provided in this website is accurate, but I am NOT a vet, just an ordinary person who has lived through CKD with three cats. This website is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat any cat. Before trying any of the treatments described herein, you MUST consult a qualified veterinarian and obtain professional advice on the correct regimen for your cat and his or her particular requirements; and you should only use any treatments described here with the full knowledge and approval of your vet. No responsibility can be accepted.

 

If your cat appears to be in pain or distress, do not waste time on the internet, contact your vet immediately.

 

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