Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Chewtastic Chewy (#ChewyInfluencer)

Yesterday, the kitties offered some mixed reviews on a new food they tested out as part of the Blogger Outreach Program. Today, Astrid gets to share her thoughts on a new goody. I'll start by being completely honest and admitting that I knew right off the bat Astrid was going to love her review item. Why?

Because it's a NylaboneⓇ dinosaur chew bone!

One of Astrid's favorite pastimes is chewing on bones, and NylaboneⓇ is the brand we know works for her and her chewing style. Many of their bones, like this dinosaur one, are made for powerful chewers. Thus far, not-so-little Astrid has never destroyed a bone, or any of her teeth, when chewing on a NylaboneⓇ.

What's more, Astrid got to test this bone out on her birthday, which was last Wednesday. She dug right in and enjoyed it thoroughly. In other words, this NylaboneⓇ dinosaur chew bone gets four paws up!

(Disclaimer: As members of the Blogger Outreach Program, we received the Nylabone dinosaur chew bone for dogs in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own. We only review products that we believe will be of interest to our readers, and we never recommend a product that we do not believe in.)

Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:

Yesterday, we gave a lengthy tip on administering oral medications to your kitty. Today, we're here to give a lengthy tip on the ins and outs of transdermal medications. Transdermal medications are those applied to and absorbed through the skin. A number of medications can be given this way, such as methimazole (for the treatment of hyperthyroidism) and even famotidine (Pepcid), just to name a couple. If you will be administering transdermal medication for your kitty, of course read the directions as prescribed by your veterinarian, and discuss with your veterinarian any concerns that you have.

So, transdermal medication has to be applied to, obviously, the skin. It is best applied to skin that is clean, free from as much as hair as possible, and where your kitty cannot easily lick or reach. This makes the pinna (the flap of the ear) an ideal place for applying transdermal medication.

To actually apply the transdermal medication, ensure that you are wearing gloves. As its name suggests, this type of medication does indeed absorb through the skin, and that includes your own skin as well as that of your kitty. If your kitty is on transdermal thyroid medication, for example, using your bare hand to apply it could lead to unwanted effects on your own endocrine system. So, put on disposable gloves, which are sometimes even provided with the prescription.

Next, when you and your kitty are ready and your hand is gloved, place the medication on your gloved finger. Transdermal medication is typically provided in pre-filled syringes, from which you can eject intended dosages. Sometimes it is suggested that you squirt the medication onto your index finger, but, ultimately, place it on whichever digit works best for you and for effective administration. I, personally, find it easiest to use my thumb.

Now, when you have the medication on your gloved finger, apply it to the upper to middle part of the pinna of the ear and rub it in. Again, this medication is easily absorbed through the skin, and so excess being left behind is not ideal. So, rub it in as thoroughly as possible, which of course will also ensure that your kitty is receiving his or her full dosage.

Once you have rubbed the medication in, you can dispose of your glove. For optimum safety, you can clean it off first, such as with soap and water. Then, you can remove it using the aid of a paper towel. Then, the glove and paper towel can be disposed of, of course in a receptacle where it cannot be easily removed by any curious paws or hands. Also be sure that you put away the syringes of medication away somewhere.

All of that being said, of course try to make the medication administration process as comfortable as possible for both your kitty and yourself. You can try to do apply transdermal medications when your kitty is relaxed, as long as you are prepared and are able to safely do so without getting any of the medication on yourself or anywhere else besides your kitty's ear. You can also, of course, use treats as a reward. Just as with oral medication administration, you can use a partner-in-crime if needed, or a blanket or towel to help keep your kitty still and safe. Sometimes it takes trial and error to figure out what works best for you and your kitty, and there's nothing wrong with that!


Eastside Cats said...

Good to hear that Astrid likes that chew toy!
I administered a medicine to Angel's ear for awhile, but she began getting very unhappy with the application. For her, pilling is probably the best route, but she's a handful no matter what. If it's not her way, then it's heck for her humans...LOL!

The Florida Furkids said...

What a fun toy!! Chewy has the BEST products!

Mom has used transdermal medications for kitties in the past. We have a great compounding pharmacy that she uses.

The Florida Furkids

Catscue Cat Mom said...

Cool chew toy beautiful Astrid - I think I need one to keep my mouth busy when I get annoyed!

The Island Cats said...

We can almost hear Astrid nomming on that toy. :)

World of Animals, Inc said...

Astrid, we are happy that you enjoyed your bone and on your birthday too. Four paws up are always great to read. Thanks for sharing your review. Have a wonderful rest of your day.
World of Animals

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

What a purrfect birthday gift that was!

Cathy Keisha said...

That's one giant pup in your doodle! I'd rather chew on TW than a chew toy.

pilch92 said...

That is a cute toy. I thought it was a pretzel :) Nice review and adorable drawing. Excellent tips too, transdermal is handy. I wish I could give it to KaTwo, but it didn't change her thyroid numbers.

messymimi said...

That looks cute for a chew bone.

We’ve never had to administer a transdermal to our pets, i’m glad to know how if i ever run into that, thank you.

Marg said...

Astrido, that does look like such a fun chew toy. Glad you are enjoying it. You all have a terrific day.

Timmy Tomcat said...

We dont know much about chew toys but that one looks it fits yoou well
Happy Birthday Astrid
Timmy and Family