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My cat nearly died from depo medrol and it''s a fight every day to keep her alive...

post #1 of 30
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Took my 10 year old calico to the vet for a check up  He said she is a normal healthy somewhat nervous (that was as his assistant was holding my cat  by her scruff up in the air...yes I would be nervous too).  Then she was bitten by a flea, probably from his office, and he shot her with depo medrol...   He never asked about my cat's sensitivity to drugs.  I don't even know wht he gave the cat the shot.  Her coat was and is still beautiful...  She weighed 9.1 pounds.  She now weighs less than 8.  The poision effects last 4 weeks I am told.  We are in week 3.  She is anemic won't eat; nearly died several nights after the shot.  The horror began immediately.  On the way home from the "Vet" she laid in her carrier and never made a sound.  She tried to walk when she got home but continued down hill.  I pray for her survival as I force feed her with a syringe.  It is as if she can't remember her favorite places or things she loved to do.  I hope she lives.  And truthfully, I hope that vet gets a new career.

post #2 of 30
Welcome to TCS and I am SOO very sorry it is under these circumstances. I am very sad to hear that your cat is so ill. Obviously allergic to that drug. I am in shock that this vet did not ask you BEFORE they gave the shot of Depo???!!!! I don't have much experience with the Depo injection but I know other's who have here on the site. I hope other's come along soon that have more knowledge about Depo. Sending along mega vibes that your beautiful kitty will pull through this. cross.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gif
post #3 of 30

I can not believe the vet gave the shot without asking first too. I could see if it were a life or death problem that had to be dealt with fast. I really pray your kitty can pull through. I would not go to that vet again.

post #4 of 30

Not sure where you're located, but I'd be reporting this vet to the applicable board. At the very least, they should be paying for all follow-up treatment related to this issue for the life of your cat.

http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/FDAVeterinarianNewsletter/ucm252079.htm

http://www.animallaw.info/articles/qvusvetmal.htm

http://www.vetabusenetwork.com/savetoc.htm

 

 

post #5 of 30

That vet should defniitely be reported for injecting your cat without asking any questions first. That's awful. I hope your cat pulls through and gets better soon.

post #6 of 30
Oh how awful! Many vibes to your kitty! vibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gif !!!! Have you taken her to a different vet yet???? I mean - a different vet at a different vet practice?

You should definitely report the vet to the Board. Something similar happened to someone else on the site, and they were able to get the cost of follow-up care covered - and with a competent vet.

I'm just so sorry this happened. frown.gif
post #7 of 30

I don't know what state you're in but there was a landmark lawsuit recently in a southern state I think, maybe Florida or Alabama, where they finally acknowledged that pets are not just "property". And I think the judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs for suing a vet that killed their dog by doing something like this, I can't remember what the medication was.

post #8 of 30

My cat went to the vet yesterday because she was scratching her neck all the time. The vet said that it was a reaction to fleas and gave her a shot of depo.  My cat died last night and I am sure the shot is the reason. She was only 10 years old...healthy otherwise and very active. I am crushed and know that there is not way to prove it, but doesn't seem to be any other reason for it. 

post #9 of 30
I am SO so so so sorry - how very tragic. heartpump.gifhugs.gifhugs.gif : hugs: I know this is rather macabre, but if you want to know the cause of death, you might consider a necropsy (done by a different vet).

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post #10 of 30
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Originally Posted by finnlacey View Post

......there was a landmark lawsuit recently in a southern state I think, maybe Florida or Alabama, where they finally acknowledged that pets are not just "property". And I think the judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs for suing a vet that killed their dog by doing something like this....

 

finnlacey, is there any way you would be able to do a little tracing of this story? If it was covered on any particular media site, I think that the "Google Advanced Search" could well pull it up...just insert some of the terms you remember - exact ones work the best, then the "site or domain" field. It's here http://www.google.ca/advanced_search

 

That is a most interesting precedent - I wonder if the decision might have been later appealed, and what the result was.

 

It could be very helpful for future reference and referral purposes.

post #11 of 30

I'm so very sorry to hear this. I will try later on to search the back issues of my newsletter as I provided a link for it but right now I have a full day of errands. You can also try searching if you have time, there should be something still out there about it. It was this past year. Again, I'm so very sorry for this loss. alright.gif

post #12 of 30
Sadly, I don't think it would be considered malpractice to give a cat with apparent allergies a shot of depo. frown.gif

But I did stumble on the case: http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=7765

...and realized I'd bookmarked the story back in January: http://www.dogster.com/the-scoop/groundbreaking-court-ruling-takes-dogs-beyond-property-status-major-pet-industry-groups-not-happy

The State is Texas, and the case is a shelter dog killed even though the family had been there to pick him up, was denied because they didn't have the fee, and said they'd get the money so they could retrieve their dog. Also very sad!
post #13 of 30

Not wanting to "stray" too far off-topic...but

 

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Originally Posted by LDG View Post

But I did stumble on the case: http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=7765

Thank YOU !!!!!!!!!!

 

Note the update in there: "In January 2013, the Texas Supreme court will hear the case."  THIS will be one to watch!

post #14 of 30
agree.gif Yes, it was truly groundbreaking, and I (and many others!) will anxiously be waiting..... cross.gif
post #15 of 30
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Originally Posted by Twinkle111 View Post

Took my 10 year old calico to the vet for a check up  He said she is a normal healthy somewhat nervous (that was as his assistant was holding my cat  by her scruff up in the air...yes I would be nervous too).  Then she was bitten by a flea, probably from his office, and he shot her with depo medrol...   He never asked about my cat's sensitivity to drugs.  I don't even know wht he gave the cat the shot.  Her coat was and is still beautiful...  She weighed 9.1 pounds.  She now weighs less than 8.  The poision effects last 4 weeks I am told.  We are in week 3.  She is anemic won't eat; nearly died several nights after the shot.  The horror began immediately.  On the way home from the "Vet" she laid in her carrier and never made a sound.  She tried to walk when she got home but continued down hill.  I pray for her survival as I force feed her with a syringe.  It is as if she can't remember her favorite places or things she loved to do.  I hope she lives.  And truthfully, I hope that vet gets a new career.

I hope you are getting a second opinion on this! I can't *believe* the vet gave the shot without even telling you or asking to do some bloodwork before giving the shot. Here is some info on the drug
http://www.vetstreet.com/depo-medrol I've never had any experience with it. But my vet would never dream of giving this shot without asking AND suggesting blood tests before the shot.

What a sad thread this is and sending vibes vibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gif Please update when you can!
post #16 of 30
Mike, Twinkle has just the one post, and hasn't been back since March of 2011. frown.gif I certainly hope her kitty is OK.

This thread was resurrected about a week ago by Ridge8107 whose kitty died after a shot of depo. frown.gifrbheart.gif

But thank you for the link.
post #17 of 30
Thanks Laurie, I didn't see the date. I was looking for an update from Twinkie. Apparently there hasn't been one frown.gif
post #18 of 30
Depo is a steroid that is commonly used for allergies, colitis, inflammation, stomatitis, and many other issues. While like any drug, side effects can happen, but acute and extreme side effects like these seen here are not normal. They are very very rare.
Depo's short term side effects are generally behavioral related, and weight gain. Long term, when used over and over again for years, the main side effect is diabetes.
I have never heard of running a blood test before giving a shot of depo.... I don't know what side effect would prevent though dontknow.gif
I do not give Depo to Bugsy due to behavioral side effects and weight gain, but he has taken it when it was necessary. He reacts the same way to any steroid, the difference is that depo-medrol is a long acting shot, and you can't stop the reaction as you can in prednisone, for example.
Depo is a drug that should not be taken lightly, but it can be very helpful, and for some even life-saving.
post #19 of 30

I agree, I've seen it do wonders for many kitties that were in a world of hurt due to their IBD and other GI disorders. As Carolina said, every drug should be considered for it's side effects but also it's benefits and weighed carefully. 

post #20 of 30

My cat died on Feb 20th..within 36 hours of receiving this depro modral shot . I do not think it is a coincidence though he had received the shots at least 5 times before in the last couple of years. He was diagnosed with allergies by the vet and I was advised this shot would help with breathing and stimulate appetite. Last sunday my cat was purring and jumping on my shoulders as he liked to do but his appetite had dropped slightly. I took him to the vet the next day for a shot.WIthin 36 hours ..he was in an oxygen tank or box unable to breathe on his own in great distress. I was advised to put him down. I have been completely devastated since this happened.I believe my vet cares about the well being of cats but I believe he would be fine if not for that shot. It also cost money to try and save him as a result of a shot they gave him. I would have paid anything to save him though as he was my favorite. I do not know whether he had an underlying heart condition in which case depro modral is a bad idea. I also have no idea who administered the shot and whether it was administered correctly. The vet simply suggested that it was possibly something in the environment that might have affected him. That suggestion and the way it was handled is why I will never go back. These shots can be dangerous. Instead of speaking with me honestly and openly, the implication was that it might have been my fault . How absurd. He was fine before the shot and 2 days later he is dead. I have never regretted a day so much in my life as when I took my beloved cat in for that shot. I drove him to his ultimate death and he was the sweetest boy. I did not research the shot and just assumed all was well. Please think carefully before allowing the vet to give this shot.  Depro Modral is a type of steroid and I believe that it can be deadly. I have not stopped crying since I lost my boy 5 days ago.

post #21 of 30

I'm so sorry Grendel, it's always devastating to lose them especially when it seems connected to trying to help them.    I will be very cautious if any vet tries to give my cats this shot for any reason.  

post #22 of 30

Thanks..yes I am very upset by it. Seemed so unnecessary.
 

post #23 of 30

I completely agree this drug is very dangerous!

On Thursday June 13, 2013 my husband took our 1 1/2 year old snowshoe Arya to the vet for Irritable bowel disease and the vet gave her a shot of Depo medrol, on Sunday Father's Day we woke up to find Arya in complete respiratory distress. Rushed her to the emergency room and she began vomiting blood and succumbed to heart failure. I was completely shocked when we reviewed the receipt from the Thursday office visit and saw the Depo listed there with a dose for a 1 -40 lb cat, how can the dose for a 40 lb cat be safe for a 1 lb cat. I am devastated as I believe this drug killed our Arya as she had been diagnosed as healthy other than the Irritable bowel disease, which we are certain had nothing to do with her death. This drug needs to be removed from all vets offices.

post #24 of 30
I am so sorry to all those who lost kitties or have an ill one. Ridge if you still read here, have you considered a necropsy? That would likely find the cause of death and you could sue the vet. I know I would!!!
post #25 of 30

Was searching and just came upon this post. My 11 year old cat had to be put down on Sunday after receiving a depo Medrol shot. She had a swollen ear from allergies so they lanced her ear and gave her the shot to stop the itching. That night she became very lethargic and seemed to be doing open mouth breathing. The next day I brought her back to the vet. They kept her overnight. They first told me that she had diabetes and gave her insulin. The next day, her breathing was worse, they put her on oxygen, took x-rays and found fluid in her chest (5X what they normally see) and said it looked like she had heart disease. They took out the fluid, so her breathing got better but she then got a blood clot which limited use of her hind legs. We ended up having to put her down. 5 days ago, I had a normal, senior cat with itchy ears and now she is gone. She likely had some underlying medical conditions that were never diagnosed but the Depo Medrol shot is definitely what did her in. Now knowing the possible side effects and reading all the posts from people on various websites about what it did to their pet,  I would never give that to a pet of mine again. To this day, I still do not understand why the vet would give a sr. cat this medication.

post #26 of 30

I just saw this post I am so sorry for your loss. Is there a test they can give before giving that shot.  My cat was given Depo Medrol shot last year after trying other remedies for his extreme allergies and I did not know it could have that reaction. No tests were done prior to the shot but this was his regular vet. I had a cat years ago that had a reaction to one of its regular shots and I had to rush it back to the vet and they gave it something to counteract it. Then he would always get something before the shot I guess for allergic reaction. The only thing I recently learned was if they have any type of heart condition Depo Medrol can cause cardiac arrest cause it is so much more potent than regular steriods. My guy has a murmur. I am glad the other vet I saw in the office mentioned this about the heart cause I did not know that. Again I am sorry about your loss and the other ones here as well its such a tragic loss. :angel3:

post #27 of 30

OMG - I am so distressed at reading these stories - I feel like I have had the closest of calls!  My cat Boo had a Depo-Medrol shot on Aug 10 - it totally threw off her appetite, which seems to be coming back.  Which doesn't seem like much, but it was given to counteract the bad side effects of Revolution - she'd already lost weight since she was so obsessed with scratching due to those side effects!  She was trippin' balls for days - staring into space as if she forgot who she was.  Slept so much she never ate much - and too sleepy to remember to eat at all when awake.

 

She is on the small side - so I'm really shocked to hear the same dose can be given to a 40 lb animal.

 

Its wearing off, and she's scratching a bit again, but I'll take the scratching, licking, and a hairless spot on her body before I go there again.  And it all started because I wanted to give Boo some relief from scratching her ears due to ear mites - which turned out to be a mild infestation.  If I could turn back time - I'd have tried to find another way to deal with them.  Its frustrating when the employees of the local natural pet food store have better advice than your vet!

 

Really, really sorry for all that have suffered because of this drug. 

post #28 of 30

SUGARBEAR~~~~~My cat Sugar died from depo Medrol shot we feel certain.  She was bitten by something outside 6-23-14 around 830a (she was an indoor cat that went out for few mins a day as she liked)  She was bitten her R cheek swelled and was puffy. Set appt w/ vet at around 330 or so. By the time we got to vet at 3-ish her swelling down.   By time got to Vet her swelling was better and she was actually improving, she was 90% herself!  But assessed by Vet, she did have some swelling in her cheek we so for comfort she gave her that shot.  Sugarbear came home w/ malaise and tried to drink water, hovered over the bowl but just didn't seem to be able to drink much if at all.  Laying around trying to find a comfy place, but moved bunch of times.  We tried to make her comfy, but she just meowed and seemed very uncomfortable. We hoped by a.m. she would 'be over it'.  By middle of the night she died, husband up till 4a.  Her last meow we thought she went to sleep.  Around 12h after shot was approx. 4a.m.  We believed she died upon that last meow under our bed where she resorted for comfort.  Our bubbly beautiful white, blue eyed kitty 1yo and 9lbs, deceased.  We are devastated. The vet said she never saw a cat die that fast from a spider bite...we thought that was the cause in the 1st place.  After my husband and I talked about how everything played out, and internet study, I believe that SHOT killed our baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We are simply devastated.

post #29 of 30

Our Sugarbear died yesterday a.m. 6-24-14, 12h after depo shot for swelling in her cheek that was already getting better by time got to vet!  Depo shot, she nose dived...died w/I 12hrs.  Sickened and so sad words can't say.  She was HEALTHY AND BUBBLY YOUNG HEALTHY 1Y 9LB KITTY, WHITE W/ BABY BLUES.  Suffered 12hrs then died.  Wish we knew what was happening we thought she just needed to rest and let things work out of her system. :(

post #30 of 30

I have 2 cats, Piper and Page. They were born in my room and are twin sisters.

Page is somewhere between muscular and fat.

Piper was getting skinnier and skinnier. I had decided to take her to the vet and then overnight (prior to the visit) she laid on her side, and literally couldn't move, incontinent, the whole bit. I was close to taking her into the desert and shooting her.

 

I DID take her to the vet the next morning. The vet told me it could be exposure to some toxin, a stroke, or brain cancer, any of which would cost a LOT of $$ just to diagnose.  He gave her a shot and 12 hours after the depo shot she was JUMPING!

 

He gave us pills that she didn't take to very well, fought us every time, finally I talked the DR into giving me several syringes to take home.

 

When I see her symptoms starting (unstable on her feet - balance)                  (every 3-4 weeks) I give her another shot myself.

 

When we took Piper into the vet one day when she wasn't "half dead" he was amazed at her condition.

 

The DR didn't ask me about meds or anything and how would I know if she had allergies or what anyway?

 

Bottom line is that this stuff has kept Piper alive, active, and presumably happy,  for probably the last year and likely will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

 

I'm not saying that you didn't have a bad experience or anything - just relating how MY vet, using this drug, has kept my kitty going for a long time. I'm about to go to his office to pick up refills now....

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