Originally Posted by Ruthie70
My Annie is having her teeth cleaned next week and one of them (or more) will be extracted. It is an overnighter. Apparently I will have to administer meds (liquid? pills?), but wouldn't it be painful to pry open her mouth when it is sore? I'm a bit apprehensive re things not working out well, so is there anything I should watch out for? Also, I doubt I will be able to examine her mouth to check on progress. Your experiences would be most helpful. Thanks.
It could be painful to pry her mouth open, you have a good point. For pills, I apply a little pressure at the rear corners of the cat's mouth, with my thumb on one side and my middle finger on the other. Then I just slightly bend my wrist back to guide the cat's heat backwards...at that point the jaw should pop open. If you have your thumb and finger in that special spot, the rest happens almost automatically. The vet showed me that.
A "piller" (pill shooter) helps. I like the type with a soft rubber tip that the vets usually sell...the pet store ones I've seen look a little clumsy.
For liquids, you don't have to get the mouth open. You can slip the dropper or syringe in at the gap behind the canine tooth...either side...then squirt the medicine in. A lot of people prefer liquids...I don't for some odd reason.
For either pills or liquids, I prefer to have the cat on the floor, between my knees, facing the same direction as me. For most cats you need to cross your ankles underneath/behind you to prevent backwards escape.
If you decide you have a preference for one or the other (pills or liquid), just ask...a lot of meds are available either way.
To examine her mouth, you might need a helper to hold the cat in the way I described for pills. It's basically the same as the pill maneuvers, except you will need to put your other forefinger on the front bottom teeth, between the canines (don't slip and get bit!), to help hold the mouth open to get a good look. There may be other methods...but that's what I picked up from my vet.
I would just keep a close eye on her behavior and eating/drinking habits and call the vet if you see anything that worries you. Good luck.