Gabapentin for Vet Visits

Bringing your cat to the veterinarian can often cause stress and fear for both you and your cat. This can result in a cat that hisses, growls, or tries to bite and scratch. But sometimes, the cat may just become frozen and quiet, while inwardly being upset. One of the ways that we try to minimize this stress is by having our clients give their cats a medication called Gabapentin prior to their appointment.

Gabapentin is an oral prescription medication that is used in both human and veterinary medicine. For our patients, it is used at lower doses for neuropathic pain and at higher doses for mild sedation. It is given by the client at home 2-3 hours before the appointment. This allows for greater ease of getting the cat into its carrier and reduces anxiety during travel and their appointment. The sedation it causes is usually mild and wears off after 8 hours. And since Gabapentin is not associated with any expected adverse effects to the digestive system, kidney, or liver, it is safe to give even to older or sick patients.

If you think your cat would benefit from receiving Gabapentin prior to its visit with us, please let us know. We are happy to do anything we can to make the process of coming to see us more pleasant and calm for you and your kitty!

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Summer Hours

The team at the Cat Hospital of Media have been working really hard through COVID to provide all of our patients the best care possible. In order to give everyone a much needed break, we are starting Summer Holiday Hours June 1st through Labor Day. We will not see appointments on Saturdays. We will be open 8AM-11AM for Boarding drop offs and pick-ups plus medication pick-ups.

We are so happy we can do this for the employees and give them a well-deserved break! In case of emergency, please call the nearest ER. View those locations here.