"Newsman" > wrote in message
> Thanks so much for your help! The quote of $311 came from a pets-only
> pharmacy in Maryland. I live in DC.
Was that price for one inhaler? If it is, its beyond a rip-off and closer
to consumer fraud.
So if you know of a place that has
> Flovent for even less than $156, I'd appreciate knowing about it.
I think I do, but you would probably have to buy a six-month supply (6
inhalers) and your vet would have to write the script for that amount. IOW,
"Flovent, 78 g #6" (6 x 13 g). When I bought quantity, I think I paid
about $125-7- somewhere around there. I'm absolutely sure it wasn't more
than $127 ea. I'll get the details and email you if your email addy is
> I'm very irritated with my vet for not even mentioning the other two
> inhalers that you mentioned.
Its possible that he doesn't know about them because they're human
areochambers. Also, some vets think cats can't produce enough inhalation
force to activate the one-way valve, but this is not true. I've used the
AeroChamber on several asthmatic cats with no problems whatsoever. Since
the cat's face is covered, his natural instinct is to gasp for air- which
produces more than enough force. Remember, the valve is extremely sensitive
because during an asthmatic attack, an infant can't produce much inhalation
force. The same AeroChamber is used on human infants and adults- the *only*
difference is the size of the face mask and color trim.
If you look at this picture of using an AeroKat, you'll see that you need
one hand to hold the AeroKat against the cat's face and the other hand to
hold the back of the cat's neck. How do you activate the metered dose
inhaler if you don't have another person (or hand)? You can't activate the
MDI before you place the AeroKat against the cat's face because the
medication will escape through the mask.
The only it will work is if you hold the AeroKat by the MDI with your middle
finger on the MDI and wrap your thumb and forefinger around the AreoKat.
The MDI is then activated by your middle finger and your other hand can hold
the back of the cat's neck against the facemask. This is actually how I hold
the Aerochamber while I'm medicating a cat.
With the AeroChamber, you can activate the MDI into the chamber away from
the cat's face and then use one hand to hold the AeroChamber against the
cat's face and the other hand to hold the back of the cat's neck. Its a 3
second procedure. Even if the cats moves and struggles a little, the
medication will remain in the chamber until the cat inhales. The seal
between the MDI and AeroChamber is very tight- but if you wait too long,
some medication can escape- the AeroKat has the same seal.
As I stated, I already ordered the AeroKat.
> I'm going to call them today to see if I can cancel and/or return the
> unit. I want to look into getting the one of the other two inhalers you
Since you've already ordered it, try it. I've known people that haven't had
problems using AeroKats on their cats- but that might be because they had
another person to hold the cat or AeroKat and activate the MDI or they use a
technique similar to mine- which is not according to the instructions.
Otherwise, one person can't do it.
If you decide to get an AeroChamber, make sure you get the *infant* model-
it comes with an infant mask already attached. The adult AeroChamber
doesn't come with a face mask- its sold separately.
You can tell when the canister is empty or almost empty by putting it in a
glass of water. If it floats horizontally, its empty. Otherwise the bottom
of the canister will sink and it will float straight up in the water.
This is about the best site on feline asthma http://www.fritzthebrave.com/
http://www.fritzthebrave.com/meds/inhaled.html --- -- even better than mine!