Friday, July 19, 2013
Where there is no vet.
I have barn cats. This is the time of year the Queens have their kittens. Usually they have them at the barn, in some inaccessible place among the stacked hay bales, and I don't see the kittens until they are weaned and playing.
But this year we have some kind of eye infection going around. The mother cats are bringing kittens up on the porch that don't even have their eyes opened. The eyes are badly infected and without going into detail I have to clean them out with hot water, then try to medicate them.
I used Gentamicia Sulphate, which I have used in past years for eye infections. It seems to start them healing but suddenly the infection comes back. I am trying them now on Ciprofloxacn, suspended in artificial cat milk. I give it to the kittens with a syringe. Just started doing that today and will see how it goes.
But if anyone else knows of a remedy for eye infections I'd be glad to know of it. I sure don't want to go into the vet with six kittens because I'd walk out of there with turned out pockets.
In the meantime, I'm researching my do it yourself medicine books for anything that might help.
(see Matt's comment. Some things that work for people don't actually work for some animals.)
Quite aside from the expense associated with going to the vet, the more I can do for myself the better off I am. I used to give my dogs the rabies and distemper shots they needed, until the state passed a law that only vets could do it. Of course, I could buy enough vaccine at the farmers depot to do all the animals and more for $20.00. The vets charge $60.00 per animal. That's another one of those laws I have suspicions about in terms of who pushed it through in the state capitol, and what their motivations were.
If there are any vets reading this, I know you have to live and I know you have overhead. When my ferret was sick I took him to the vet, and spent $700.00 trying to save him. He died, but at least I had the satisfaction of knowing that everything that could be done for him, was done. These more common maladies, I prefer to take care of myself.