So I started a new medication today - nothing serious, just for a week or so. Just poured the first one into my hand. It is this really pretty pastel green color. Looks just like candy. Exactly like candy. Why do they do that?!!? It is as attractive as it could possibly be to a two or three year old. Rant over.
Mild Rant (NBR)(16 posts)
Yes! I have a medication that I swear smells like candy. A weird sweet smell. Really? I'm even careful to keep them away from the pets. And they're pink. Make pills less interesting to kids people not more.
I appreciate medication looking different and maybe there's only so many ways you can do it or maybe there's a natural predisposition to one color or another.
When I was medicating two cats, the medications were very different and initially they looked different. After a while though, either my vet switched vendors or the manufacturer changed the shape of one because they looked exactly the same. While I was diligent about looking at which one came out of which bottle (and one was slightly heavier than the other), I was often tired and questioned myself as far as who was getting what. I would have loved different colors or shapes.
Re the smell, too, certain medications can not taste very well, even in pill form. Maybe it's something they add so it's not as bad.
So what color would not be attractive to a child?
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OK, T, good point :)
I find it curious when I wind up pet medication that has a citrus scent/taste. Really?! Would it be so terrible to make it somewhat appealing for a pet? I'm less worried about o.d.ing than I am being able to hide that lemon bomb in something pooch (or puff!) will eat.
Curtis, I've found that kitties are too clever and picky about their food to trick into eating a pill. As a kitty foster parent, I've become fairly skilled at the open-jaw-tilt-head-and-drop-pill-down-throat technique. It's hell when a cat outwits me though.
My resident cat recently suffered a freak tongue infection. She is sporting a feeding tube right now. I crush her pills and mix into her food and inject. It's pretty slick.
Sudafed (the brand name ones) has a sweet coating and looks just like red hots. That has always bugged me. The generics generally have a neutral coating and are not as pretty and shiny.
Curtis, well said. Made me laugh.
Speaking of ODing. I was stupid enough to leave my dogs liver flavored Remidil (sp?) in where she knows her cookies are. Really? I thought that was a good idea?! Or maybe like my dad always said "Well, clearly you weren't thinking at all"
Anyway, came home to find a small bit of white plastic. Didn't take long to realize she had eaten all of the pills AND the plastic bottle.
Two days on intravenous. I paid that one off just in time for her to be back there for something else expensive that I can't remember among all of her emergencies. Most weren't my fault but that one sure was.
She didn't care, they said it was hard to keep the tube in because she kept trying to play in the crate.
The same way she acted when she stuck her head in the bag of organic fertilizer (bought so that it would be safe for her) and turned out to be allergic to one of the "organic" ingredients. Face so swollen one of her eyes was shut and throwing up every few minutes but jumping around playing with her toys.
Same when she ate an entire cooked chicken (hadn't realized she'd gotten tall enough to reach the counter) and when she ate 2.5 pounds of Godiva chocolate (near as I can figure the cat knocked it to the floor). Just a happy little girl no matter how close to biting the big one she is. What a goof ball.
We've got one kitty who's a bit senile and she's piggy, she is easy to pill. Our cat who is no longer with us was savvy to it all but we had an agreement, if she took her pill, she got a treat. She would actually start demanding her pill :)
Our vet actually knew which drugs the cats would resist because he actually tasted them. One of the antibiotics (which was universally hated) tasted really bitter, so he said. It WAS a pretty blue color though :)
Now that is dedication!
More med rant. Why is it that some of the tablet and capsule type medications for severe arthritis, and diseases that affect the elderly, are so small that you cannot even pick it up, let alone see it with old eyes? And god forbid if you have to cut it in half.
And what idiot thought that getting a cat to take a syringe of liquid would work? I don't know about you folks but I've done it fast, I've done it slow, I've done it with the cat on it's back and no matter what, I'm lucky if only one third of it dribbles down it's chest.
LIA - I prefer a liquid to a pill for cat medication. It's a technique thing I guess, whatever you are used to doing. I've returned home from a few days out of town to find my cat mostly covered in his meds ;-) There has only been one kitten who got the better of me - you would have thought his jaw had been wired shut. He was a perky, personable little orange guy. I'll bet he grew up to be an awesome kitty
Uh.... now that's a point Lak. The pills are worse. So I'm not sure what my point was. Maybe I want one of the Star Trek things that Bones had. Just beam the medicine in.
So what do you mean he was mostly covered in his meds?! Like he was eating them or rolling in them? Did he think they were tiny cat toys?
LIA - Ha! I want to beam those meds in too. As for my cat, he was getting two meds in liquid form - one clear, the other bright pink. I never had problems with giving him a direct & quick shot to the back of the mouth. The kitty sitter was another story, even though she assured me she'd given cats med 'all of the time'. The sitter probably put the meds on his tongue, and no doubt both of them are bitter. It was probably a struggle to near death every time she approached the cat to medicate him. Fortunately I was gone just a few days.
Anyway, the cat, who is all white, had pink on his muzzle, his chest and neck. When I combed him out, I came across the clear med dried all all over his head.
Hee! What a great picture! I hope you took one. The only bad thing, obviously, is that he didn't get his meds.
Good sitters are hard to find. Right now I'm trying to find a kid or two to sit my furrys and feathereds on occasion. No feeding or anything, just a couple hours of company if I'm gone too many hours. Does anyone know of any body?
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