TANYA'S

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO

FELINE CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE

 
 

OBTAINING SUPPLIES CHEAPLY

 

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WHAT IS CKD?


What Happens in CKD?


Causes of CKD


How Bad is It?


Is There Any Hope?


Acute Kidney Injury


 

KEY ISSUES


Nausea, Vomiting, Appetite Loss and Excess Stomach Acid


Maintaining Hydration


The Importance of Phosphorus Control


All About Hypertension


All About Anaemia


All About Constipation


Potassium Imbalances


Metabolic Acidosis


Kidney Stones


 

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Coping with CKD


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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


Dialysis


 

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Home > Supplies

 


Overview


  • With luck, your cat is going to live a long time with CKD. To start with, especially if your cat has early stage CKD, you may not need many supplies; but as the disease progresses, you will need supplies and the cost can soon mount up, which can be a problem for many people.

  • This section provides information on obtaining supplies, particularly sub-Q supplies and prescription diets, at reasonable prices in the USA, UK and Canada.

  • Your vet will usually be more expensive than other sources. However, you may be able to come to an agreement with your vet, which usually works out cheaper than paying shipping costs for fluids, though it will still probably be cheaper to buy from a local pharmacy if you can find one.

  • Whichever method you choose, it can also make a big difference costwise to buy in bulk. Doing this with prescription diets can be risky though, since CKD cats tend to go off foods at the drop of a hat.

  • By saving money in this way, you have more money available for tests and bloodwork with your vet.


Obtaining Supplies Cheaply in the USA                                                                      Go to page


 


Obtaining Supplies Cheaply in the UK                                                                       Go to page


 


Obtaining Supplies Cheaply in Canada                                                                     Go to page


 


Obtaining Aranesp, Epogen, Procrit, Eprex or NeoRecormon                                     Go to page


 


Obtaining Phosphorus Binders                                                                                                 Go to page


 


Obtaining Treatments for Excess Stomach Acid, Vomiting and Nausea              Go to page


 


Obtaining Holistic Supplies                                                                                                             Go to page


 

Please also see the appropriate pages for other treatments you may require e.g. sources for potassium supplements can be found on the Potassium page.

 

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This page last updated: 11 November 2011

Links on this page last checked: 26 March 2012