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How long can Clavamox be unrefrigerated? [Jul. 21st, 2012|01:03 pm]
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If Clavamox is left unrefrigerated for about 22 hours, is it still good?  I'm waiting back for a call from the vet's office, but thought I'd post here in the meantime.

[User Picture]From: funnel101
2012-07-21 06:54 pm (UTC)

"Assuming you placed the medication in the refrigerator as soon as you realized that's where it should be stored, and that this was less than 24 hours, and the medication was not subject to high heat I would suggest the medication was OK to use."
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[User Picture]From: karmen
2012-07-21 09:07 pm (UTC)
I personally wouldn't but I would for sure listen to the vet.
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[User Picture]From: arlen_esq
2012-07-21 09:44 pm (UTC)
Well, crap. I just got a message from the vet's office saying that it's 'hard to say' how effective it would be, so we should get a new bottle. But now I'm going to have to wait until Monday because I missed their call and they're closed, and I can't afford the e-vet and my boyfriend is out of town until Monday. I'll still dose tomorrow with what I have, though.

It's been a tough week. The cat in question is an elderly cat living in an assisted living facility with my boyfriend's elderly aunt, there's all sorts of family crises going on right now--the aunt's husband died last week (they just moved here to the assisted living place less than a month ago), my boyfriend's dad collapsed after the funeral Thursday and is in the hospital, his step-mom's sister was also hospitalized on Thursday...argh.

My boyfriend took the cat in Friday (when he took his aunt home Thursday he noticed a *huge* cyst on the cat's chin). When I was out there with him today to give the cat the Clavamox, first we walked in to find his aunt lying on the floor where she had fallen (she has fairly advanced dementia, we have no idea how long she was on the floor). She's not doing so hot, the cat is elderly and I'm worried that she's not eating (she was very listless). I'm overall super-worried about them both. The cat is the only bright thing in his aunt's life right now, and I suspect the only thing that's keeping her going. I noticed the Clavamox was just sitting on the table, my boyfriend said the vet didn't tell him it needed to be refrigerated (although with all the chaos right now, who knows?).

OK, sorry for the non-cat-health related venting...unless anyone has dealt with an ill cat with an ill owner and has advice? I'm just at a loss of what to do. I'm limited in how often I can stop in (the place is on the opposite side of town from where I live/work--stopping in tomorrow means my normal 25 minute commute to work will be an hour and a half, and my car is on its last legs). I'd take the cat home with me until the infection clears up, but I don't think Aunt B would understand what was happening, and I don't feel that I can take her cat away from her.
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[User Picture]From: karmen
2012-07-22 10:42 pm (UTC)
Oh yikes, I am so sorry you are going through this! *hug*

I understand that the only thing keeping aunt going but perhaps it would be better for the cat to board her for a day or two? And then keep her at your place for a day or two? Because she really does need the meds on a regular basis for it to be useful ... if that is not possible is there a way the assisted living staff can give her her the meds in some wet food or something?

And there should have been a sticker on the meds that says 'refrigerate'. If not then it's not labelled properly then technically it's illegal which I know is no consolation but it annoys me when vets don't help you out you know? Especially when there is so much going on in your life .... again *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: arlen_esq
2012-07-23 12:30 am (UTC)
Thanks, karmen. Today was better--the cat (Tipper) was still pretty listless, but fought me when I gave her the Clavamox--so yay! I think I'm going to send along some fancy feast tomorrow to see if she'll eat that (she's got dry food sitting out, not sure what kind, and some science diet wet food). If she doesn't perk up more soon, I'll bring up boarding Tipper at the vet's for a couple of days.

My boyfriend and I had talked about asking staff to help out, but when we were there yesterday, we were NOT impressed with the staff we talked to about the fall. I had some much better interaction today. I think I'll suggest talking with management/the social worker (if they have one) tomorrow. I'm kind of walking a line here, where I want to be helpful, but I don't want to overstep my bounds with the family.

And the Clavamox did say "must be refrigerated" on it, but it was in the fine print, and not clearly labeled. The impression I got from the message I got from the vet was that they'll replace it for free, which I certainly hope is the case.

Thanks again. I was in panic mode yesterday--I kept imagining walking in this morning to a dead aunt and/or cat, which was a bit of overreaction.
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[User Picture]From: arlen_esq
2012-07-27 04:19 am (UTC)
When my boyfriend took the Clavimox back, they charged him for a new bottle. He told them he'd found out on the internet that it should have had a sticker on it saying to refrigerate...so they took the new box back, slapped a "Keep Refrigerated!" sticker on it, handed it back, and then still charged him. He said he could have made a bigger fuss, but just wanted to be done with them. They've lost a client--pretty sure he's going to be taking his cat to my vet from now on.

I have an appointment set up with my vet tomorrow morning to get Tipper checked out and boarded. We both feel we should have done this earlier this week, because Tipper's eating very little (just a little wet food when he's put a spoonful right up to her) and we don't think she's drinking (he used the Clavimox syringe to get some water into her today, which I think was OK?). Unfortunately people-illness has taken precedence this week--my boyfriend's dad got out of the hospital on Monday, but then was back in yesterday (he's going to be fine, again, but it's stressful).

I'm super-worried--it sounds like Tipper's not able to stand up, her vision seems to be gone...I'm kicking myself for not stepping up earlier in the week and insisting on taking her in. I have absolute faith in my vet, so I'm really hoping for some good news tomorrow.

Sigh. Mostly venting, again. And I'm kind of in panic mode again--I'm really afraid I'm going to get bad news at the vet's tomorrow.
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[User Picture]From: megm
2012-07-22 02:05 am (UTC)
I'd go to where your grandmother was living before she had to be moved and find a blanket or even a pillow that the kitty seemed to lay on/claim as theirs (something that smells like your grandma would probably help) Did she have any familiar smells in her home, vanilla, lavender, familiar smells will help.. I know my cat's are freaked by the smell of one I just brought home to the vet, with as sterile as assisted living is (or should be at least) the smells must be driving poor kitty nuts. Luck luck and I'm sorry for your lose.
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[User Picture]From: megm
2012-07-22 02:41 am (UTC)
Well my goodness my last sentence failed, that's embarrassing. **Good luck and I'm sorry for your loss.
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