How to give interferon to a cat?
October 11, 2005 5:51 AM Subscribe
Can I mix interferon with food to dose my cat? She's been diagnosed with stomatitis, a viral mouth infection, so she'll be taking interferon for at least a few months. I'm getting conflicting information from the two vets who have seen her about how to administer it.
posted by Stacey to Pets & Animals (7 answers total)
I've talked to two vets over the past month while getting her problem diagnosed and treated. Both agree that interferon is the best treatment for her right now, but one says it's fine to mix with food and the other says that food will reduce the effectiveness of the medication. The prescription didn't come with any sort of warning label that might indicate the answer one way or another. My attempts to Google the information have come up about 50/50 on both sides of the issue.
I'd really like to be able to mix it with food, since medicating this particular cat via syringe usually results in the loss of blood and possibly a limb or two. But if it's going to improve effectiveness, I will suck it up, wrap her up in a towel, and risk losing my arms. So does anyone have any experience with cats and interferon, or a good reliable information source that I missed while Googling? Or is this just really one of those situations where different vets are going to say different things and there's no definitive right answer?