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TANYA'S

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO

FELINE CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE

 

 
 

OBTAINING SUPPLIES CHEAPLY: UK

 

ON THIS PAGE:


Fluids


Needles


Winged Infusion Sets


Fluid Administration Sets


Veterinary 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


Metabolic Acidosis


Kidney Stones


 

KEY ISSUES: HELPING YOUR CAT FEEL BETTER


Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid


Maintaining Hydration


The B Vitamins (Including Methylcobalamin)


Constipation


 

CAT FOOD DATA


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


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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


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


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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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.

  • Small local pharmacies may be able to help.

  • Alternatively, below are some online suppliers used by members of Tanya's CKD Support Group.


Fluids


 

Hartmanns Aqupharm no. 11 or Vetivex 11 are the nearest equivalent to lactated ringers solution. Please see Subcutaneous Fluids Tips for more information on the different fluid types.

 

Normally a prescription is required.

 

Some fluids sellers have recently closed down, and many suppliers do not sell fluids, perhaps because of their weight, but fluids are available from the following:

 

Hyperdrug

  • Sells Hartmann's Aqupharm No.11 for 6.09 per litre. It also sells 250ml and 500ml bags. Delivery is free for any order over 49 regardless of weight.

VioVet

  • Sells Hartmann's Aqupharm No.11 for 7.49 per litre. It also sells 250ml and 500ml bags. Delivery is free for any order over 39 regardless of weight.


Needles


Click here to learn why Terumo needles are the best choice.

 

Medisave

  • Sells 100 size 20 Terumos for 2.82. Shipping is calculated based on weight, but if you are only buying 100 needles, your total cost will be around 7. Shipping is free for orders over 99 ex-VAT.

Medi Supplies

  • Sells Terumo 100 needles in various sizes for 2.70, shipping for orders up to 100 is 5.95, free over 65.

ScrubsUK

  • Sells 100 Terumo neolus for 2.75, with shipping costing 5.95. Free shipping does not seem to be available.

Vio Vet

  • sells 100 Terumo neolus needles in a variety of sizes for 4.99-5.49. Delivery is free for any order over 39 regardless of weight.


Winged Infusion Sets


 

Medisave

  • Sells size 23 Terumo winged infusion sets for 23p each. Other sizes are available. Shipping is calculated based on weight, but is free for orders over 99 ex-VAT.

Medisave

  • Also sells 50 Terumo winged infusion sets size 25 for 14.99. Shipping is calculated based on weight, but is free for orders over 99 ex-VAT.

Vio Vet

  • Sells Terumo winged infusion sets in a variety of sizes for 1.09. Delivery is free for any order over 39.

Medi Supplies

  • Sell Terumo winged infusion sets in various sizes for 1.15 each. They sell a pack of 50 f0r 30.05. Delivery is 4.45 or free for orders over 65.

ScrubsUK

  • Sells 50 Terumo surflo winged infusion sets in sizes 19/21/22/23 for 23.95, with shipping costing 5.95. Free shipping does not seem to be available.


Fluid Administration Sets (Giving Sets)


 

Please see Subcutaneous Fluids Tips for more information on choosing an administration set.

 

Premier Healthcare and Hygiene

  •  Sells giving sets for 90p each. Shipping costs from 6.45, but is free for orders over 125.

Medisave

  • Sells administration sets for 1.19 each. Shipping is calculated based on weight, but is free for orders over 99 ex-VAT.

DS Medical

  • Sells fluid administration sets for 2.34. Shipping costs 4.95 but is free for orders over 75.

ScrubsUK

  • Sells burettes for 3.11 each. Shipping costing 5.95. Free shipping does not seem to be available.


Veterinary Diets


 

Zooplus

  • Sells a number of therapeutic diets, including some German varieties, without a prescription. Sells a trial pack of Beaphar renal diet foods. Delivery is free for orders over 29. I use Zooplus myself regularly and have had good service. They also have a cheaper offshoot called Bitiba, which offers free shipping for orders over 39 (3.99 below that). Zooplus has websites all over Europe.

Animed Direct

Hyperdrug

  • Sells a wide variety of cat foods, including therapeutic diets. Delivery is free for any order over 49 regardless of weight.

Pets at Home

  • Sells individual tins of Eukanuba therapeutic kidney food. You can order online and either have it delivered to your home or collect your order for free from your local Pets at Home if you wish to save on postage costs.

Vet UK

  • sells a variety of therapeutic foods online without a prescription being required. Delivery is free for orders over 29.

Waitrose

  • Sells a variety of therapeutic foods online without a prescription being required. Delivery is free for orders over 40.

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

 

If your cat does not like a particular therapeutic kidney food, many of the manufacturers will allow you to return the food for a full refund.

 


Medications and Other Supplies


 

Many of the companies listed above also sell other supplies. 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: 18 February 2018

Links on this page last checked: 18 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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