I have a 17yr old morbidly
obese male tabby that limps
almost constantly due to what
I feel is arthitis. What can
I give him for arthritic pain
(I am a pharmacist so obtaining the medication wouldn't be a problem). I feel at his age, trying to put him on a diet may throw
him into liver failure and
lets face it, this cat lives
for food! I know he must be in pain but I don't want to
step out of my field of expertise without a little
advise from the experts. Also, Asa has an eye that drains almost constantly. What should I do about that?
I don't want to traumatize him by taking him in to see the vet since he's an inside
cat. Any advice would be
greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Well, the weight is probably causing the arthritis to be worse ( assuming he has arthritis). Cats can not tollerate many anti inflammatories (ie: aspirin) and sometimes vets will treat with steroids. I do not recommend that you do this b/c of the weight problem and other potential side effects. So, slow and gradual weight loss is the way to go. If the eye has been draining all his life then there could be a problem with the tear ducts. Nothing much you can do except try an ophthalmic antibiotic with a steroid but I recommend this under the supervision of a vet. vetcare