How to Give Subcutaneous Fluids to your Cat at Home. Details on how to do subq fluids for your cat at your home if he/she has chronic kidney disease or requires hydration for other illnesses.
For those concerned about marking the IV bag with a Sharpie, please read the following study which indicates ink from Sharpies does not leach into the bag: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CDMQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sciencepubco.com%2Findex.php%2FIJANS%2Farticle%2Fdownload%2F1381%2F968&ei=TiAuU-PSL-eayAHy6oBg&usg=AFQjCNGP68sCPw9DRMCWWI3ri54b2uw0eQ&sig2=5aRhCv1dk4P2IJQWyZqRdA&bvm=bv.62922401,d.aWc
We would like to honor and dedicate this video to our Gus who crossed the Bridge on November 21, 2013 with dignity. Going on his fourth year with CKD, he was still stable but intestinal issues decreased his QOL. He was an incredible soul with an enormous spirit, full of love and joy. Our wish is that this video will help increase the longevity and QOL for any kitties needing subq fluids.
THERE IS A NATIONWIDE SHORTAGE OF LRS BAGS. THE PRICE HAS GONE UP SUBSTANTIALLY. CHECK WALGREENS, COSTCO, MEDICAL SUPPLY STORES, or WWW.THRIVINGPETS.COM
NDC numbers for ordering 1000 ml bags are (you might be able to find 500 ml bags):
Abbott: NDC 00074-4860-10
BBraun: PVC/DEHP-free NDC 00264-7750-00
Baxter: NDC 00338-0117-04
Sources for supplies (you might find these at other sites as well; this is just where we get ours):
IV Admin Sets (Braun): thrivingpets.com
Terumo Ultra Thin Wall 21g needles: thrivingpets.com
Infrared Thermomenter: Harbor Freight
IV Stand: local medical supply store; shop around as prices vary; we paid $35 for ours new
Cat Condo: PetsMart
IV Harness for fractious cats: http://www.ezivharness.com/index.html
UPDATE ON SUBQ FLUIDS: October 27, 2015
I was able to finally obtain a case of Lactated Ringers, BBraun, NDC above (DEHP-free bags) at Walgreens. I ordered them yesterday and they arrived today!! The price has gone up substantially....it was $22/case and now is $78/case; however, Costco is charging $8.00/bag for the Hospira which have DEHP.
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