TANYA'S

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO

FELINE CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE

 

 

 

OBTAINING SUPPLIES CHEAPLY: CANADA

 

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WHAT IS CKD?


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KEY ISSUES


Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid


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SYMPTOMS


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?


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)


Miscellaneous Treatments: Stem Cell Transplants, ACE Inhibitors - Fortekor, Steroids, 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


Tips on Medicating Your Cat


Obtaining Supplies Cheaply in the UK, USA and Canada


Working with Your Vet and Recordkeeping


 

DIET & NUTRITION


Nutritional Requirements of CKD Cats


The B Vitamins (Including Methylcobalamin)


What to Feed (and What to Avoid)


Persuading Your Cat to Eat


Food Data Tables


USA Canned Food Data


USA Dry Food Data


USA Cat Food Manufacturers


UK Canned Food Data


UK Dry Food Data


UK Cat Food Manufacturers


2007 Food Recall USA


 

FLUID THERAPY


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


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Overview


  • In most cases, your vet will charge more for sub-q supplies and prescription foods 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.

 


Fluids                                                                                                                      Back to Page Index


  • Surgo Surgical Supply sells 1000ml bags of Lactated Ringers Solution for CAN$6.25 each. It also sells 500ml and 250ml bags if required.

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  • Pacific Health Care sells 1000ml bags of LRS for CAN$5.95. You need to log in before you can access the website and view their catalogue, but if you want to check it out, either call or e-mail them (contact details are on their site) and they will send you a temporary login and password. They have advised me that shipping costs to those outside BC may mean it would be cheaper for such people to try to find a more local supplier, but they do ship all across Canada if required. 

  • Medical Mart can provide lactated ringers but don't give prices. In November 2011 they were charging CAN$7 for a 1000ml bag of LRS, or CAN$49.95 for 12, with no prescription required. Shipping is extra. I have been advised that it is easier to deal with Medical Mart if you phone them.

  • Canada Drugs also advertise as if they only supply to US customers but they will supply to Canadian customers as well, albeit only if you live outside the province where they are located (Manitoba). Again, the prices quoted on the site are in US dollars.

  • The Stevens Company has been recommended by somebody whose local branch was able to order fluids for her with a bag costing CAN$4.63 each, with a case of 12 costing less (January 2014). Fluid administration sets cost CAN$2.50 each if buying a case of 50.

  • Stat Health Care is a wholesale distributor in Calgary which sells one litre bags of lactated ringers for CAN$3.50 per bag, with a flat fee shipping charge of CAN$6-10. This company only sells within Alberta. The phone number is 403-297-0700.

  • 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.


Needles                                                                                                                      Back to Page Index


  • The Stevens Company sells 100 needles for CAN$8.10 (January 2014).

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  • Pacific Health Care sells needles at CAN$8.95 for 100. You need to log in before you can access the website and view their catalogue, but if you want to check it out, either call or e-mail them (contact details are on their site) and they will send you a temporary login and password.

     

  • Regency Medical Supplies sell Terumo needles for CAN$11.99 for 100.

  • Medical Mart sells needles, though no prices are given. See page 19. I have been advised that it is easier to deal with Medical Mart if you phone them.


Prescription Diets                                                                                                   Back to Page Index


  • I'm afraid I haven't heard of any cheap food suppliers based in Canada as yet. If you know of any, please contact me.

  • In the meantime, you could ask about buying in bulk from your vet. Our cat, Harpsie, needed a prescription 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.


Medications and Other Supplies                                                                     Back to Page Index


  • Canada Chemists sell a variety of medications and pet supplies, including Azodyl.

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: 25 June 2014

Links on this page last checked: 17 April 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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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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