Pharmacy

The Forest Hills Cat Hospital maintains a very well stocked pharmacy. The medications that we don’t stock routinely can usually be ordered and delivered within 48-72 hours. The problem is usually not obtaining the medication but rather administering the medication. There are serious problems with compliance for our clients in the administration of prescribed medications to uncooperative cats.
Pills
If you can give your cat a pill consistently this is probably the most effective way to treat your cat. If you don’t know how to pill your cat, please ask us to show you how to do it. If your cat is difficult to give a pill to we can show you how to use a pill gun which may simplify giving your cat a pill. We also recommend using a “Pill Pocket” as another way to simplify the process. A Pill Pocket is a small pellet of tasty semi-moist food that has a hole in it. You can place the pill in the hole and then simply close the opening. Many cats will eat the great tasting Pill Pocket in one bite and voila mission accomplished. Pill Pockets come in salmon and chicken flavor. Most pills can be crushed and mixed with a small amount of a food or a treat prior to feeding the main meal. Doing this prior to feeding the main meal will help to ensure that the cat is hungry and will eat all of the food and the medicine that are presented.

Liquids
Liquids are often difficult to give to cats unless your cat is very compliant and you are patient enough to give it carefully and slowly to your cat. However most often liquid medications follow the ¼ rule. The ¼ rule states, that when you administer liquid medications to cats, approximately ¼ of the dose is swallowed by the cat. Another ¼ is smeared on the cat’s face. The third ¼ is all over your hands. And the final ¼ is smeared on your table. However don’t be discouraged, in many cases cats allow you to do this. Again we are glad to demonstrate for you how to administer liquid medications to your cat. Alas not all of our demonstrations are successful.

When all else fails we can with only certain medications have them specially compounded into transdermal compounds. These medications are gel-like in form and can be applied to the inside of your cat’s ears. The efficiency of many of these compounded medications is not proven. So it is really a last resort when all else fails.
Lastly, because of anti-tampering laws we cannot take back medications that have been dispensed.