Difficulties in administration of oral medication formulations to pet cats: an e-survey of cat owners

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Sivén , M , Savolainen , S , Räntilä , S , Männikkö , S , Vainionpää , M , Airaksinen , S , Raekallio , M , Vainio , O & Juppo , A M 2017 , ' Difficulties in administration of oral medication formulations to pet cats: an e-survey of cat owners ' , Veterinary Record , vol. 180 , no. 10 , 250 . https://doi.org/10.1136/vr.103991

Title: Difficulties in administration of oral medication formulations to pet cats: an e-survey of cat owners
Author: Sivén, M.; Savolainen, S.; Räntilä, Sanna; Männikkö, Sofia; Vainionpää, M.; Airaksinen, S.; Raekallio, M.; Vainio, O.; Juppo, A. M.
Contributor organization: Faculty of Pharmacy
Specialist Training Programme in Industrial Pharmacy (-2013)
Division of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology
Pharmaceutical Design and Discovery group
Equine and Small Animal Medicine
Departments of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Marja Raekallio / Principal Investigator
Outi Vainio / Principal Investigator
Research Centre for Animal Welfare
Anne Juppo / Principal Investigator
Drug Research Program
DAPHNE - Developing Assessment Practices in Higher Education
Teachers' Academy
Date: 2017-03-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 6
Belongs to series: Veterinary Record
ISSN: 0042-4900
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/vr.103991
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/309077
Abstract: The purpose here was to determine the problems cat owners encounter in medicating their cats with orally administered drugs at home. The study was carried out as an open e-questionnaire survey addressed to cat owners in which the authors focused on the oral administration route. A total of 46 completed questionnaires were included in the survey. In the study, 46 cats received 67 orally administered drugs. Approximately half of the drugs were registered for use in cats by the European Medicines Agency (54 per cent), and there were also off-label drugs registered for human (36 per cent) and canine medication (7.4 per cent) and an ex tempore drug (3.0 per cent). The owners were unable to give the doses as prescribed for their cats for one-fourth of the medications (16/67). Drugs that were registered for feline medication were significantly more palatable than drugs registered for other species (odds ratio (OR) 4.9), and liquid formulations were significantly more palatable than solid formulations (OR 4.8). However, most of the owners (22/38) preferred a solid dosage form, while few (4/38) chose a liquid formulation. The results indicate that there is still a need for more palatable and easily administered oral drugs for cats.
Subject: 413 Veterinary science
317 Pharmacy
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: acceptedVersion
Funder: Unknown funder
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