I have two concerns about the pain meds though - side effects and cost. The drug from my vet is extremely expensive. Each dose is 0.2 ml and it costs $4.30. If I give it to him every day it's about $130 a month which is a lot when you have as many fosters as I do. I just can't afford it. I asked if I can get a prescription for it instead so that I can buy it from a regular pharmacy but they won't do that. So I'm thinking about going to another vet that is cheaper.
I'm wondering if anyone here has used this medication and if so, how much you paid for it? What is a good price for Buprenorphine?
The other concern I have is the side effects it has. My cat gets quite hyper from the meds. He'll lay on the floor, rolling around and squirming. He'll play with toys like a kitten. He also spends quite a lot of time in the bathroom, sitting there howling and waling pretty loud. I can't figure out if he's uncomfortable and unhappy or if he's just howling for no reason.
I don't want him to be in pain or be uncomfortable at all. What do you guys think? Does the drug make him uncomfortable? Are these side effects nornal? Does anyone know of a different pain medication for cats that would work on his pain but not have the problems that the Buprenorphinehas?
Thanks for your help.