Calpol/ Calpobrufen - Suitable for Rats?

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Re: Calpol/ Calpobrufen - Suitable for Rats?

Post by msmara » Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:58 am

Ratgirl@RatRitz wrote:I'm aware of that, but that one is Calprofen, not Calpol ... and I was correcting mcfadyen who had said that she thought both Calprofen and Calpol were ibuprofen, and they're not :wink:

PS. You shouldn't be using metacam and ibuprofen together, they are the same class of drug and using both together will increase the risk of gastric damage/bleeding considerably.
Oh i see, sorry! (rough morning)

I haven't used it yet, I was just wondering, because the Vet said that the Metacam only works for 24hrs & I wasn't sure what to do after 24hrs, as he'll be in pain etc again. Any suggestions? :D
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Re: Calpol/ Calpobrufen - Suitable for Rats?

Post by Ratgirl@RatRitz » Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:11 am

msmara wrote:Oh i see, sorry! (rough morning)
No worries :smileyrat:
I haven't used it yet, I was just wondering, because the Vet said that the Metacam only works for 24hrs & I wasn't sure what to do after 24hrs, as he'll be in pain etc again. Any suggestions? :D
I always have metacam in my stash so I don't really tend to come across this issue as I can always follow up pain relief at home ... and I don't really use OTC pain meds either ... so what I would do is ask the Vet for a small bottle of dog metacam to take home, the dog version does keep for 6 months once opened, so you would then have to hand for other problems should you need it.

If you don't fancy laying out for a whole bottle of metacam, then I'd suggest going with the Calpol as Annc has done, because paracetamol can be used safely with metacam.
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Re: Calpol/ Calpobrufen - Suitable for Rats?

Post by msmara » Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:19 am

Thank you :-)

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Post by Ratgirl@RatRitz » Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:21 am

Ha! Hands off missus! Pingy and Hobble are my big squishy men :P
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Post by mcfadyen » Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:26 pm

Ratgirl@RatRitz wrote:Calpol contains paracetamol, it is not ibuprofen.
Ah, thanks (*too lazy to actually look before posting* :roll: )

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Post by Ratgirl@RatRitz » Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:24 pm

mcfadyen wrote:
Ratgirl@RatRitz wrote:Calpol contains paracetamol, it is not ibuprofen.
Ah, thanks (*too lazy to actually look before posting* :roll: )
You lazy so-n-so :wink: :lol:
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Post by mcfadyen » Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:34 pm

:P Pfffft!

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Re: Calpol/ Calpobrufen - Suitable for Rats?

Post by ErnieG! » Sat Feb 05, 2011 3:40 pm

Okay, so I'm useless, I've just weighed my girlie (she's post lumpectomy) she's 240g, which means she should be on 0.5 - 1.5ml every four hours?
Should I give her the smaller dose, or the larger dose, her thread is here http://fancy-rats.co.uk/community/viewt ... 4&t=148690
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Re: Calpol/ Calpobrufen - Suitable for Rats?

Post by Ratgirl@RatRitz » Sat Feb 05, 2011 3:51 pm

Use the higher end dose for the first day and then drop it down to the lower end ... sounds like she is very sore at the moment, so best to use the higher end dose to begin.

Do you know what pain relief she had at the Vets yet? Is there any way you can check at all? Ring them, look at your invoice, look at any previous surgeries your rats have had?

Given that it's been more than 24 hours now since her surgery, and that she appears to be in considerable pain, I think it is safe to assume that whatever painkiller she did get from your Vet is out of her system now because it has obviously worn off ... it would be best to check, but if it's just not possible for you to do that, then I would risk just giving her the Calpol because I don't think it's fair to leave her in so much pain (especially if she's not eating properly and you've noticed weight loss already).
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Re: Calpol/ Calpobrufen - Suitable for Rats?

Post by ErnieG! » Sat Feb 05, 2011 4:05 pm

Well, the vets I went to are only open between 1-3? I think on a saturday, I'm not sure if I rang the out of hours number they would be to happy about me asking what pain medication they got.. :oops:
It doesn't say on my invoice, and this is my first surgery :(

ETA: She really doesn't wanna know, I popped in a syringe and she just pushed it away, popped it on a spoon and she pushed it away :oops:
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Re: Calpol/ Calpobrufen - Suitable for Rats?

Post by Ratgirl@RatRitz » Sat Feb 05, 2011 4:16 pm

ErnieG! wrote:I think on a saturday, I'm not sure if I rang the out of hours number they would be to happy about me asking what pain medication they got.. :oops:
I would try them and see what they say ... you don't have anything to lose by asking, and it would be much better if you could find out what she had been given ... you should have been told really when you picked her up after her surgery, they have a duty to tell you what they have done and what drugs they have administered, you shouldn't have to pester them for this info.
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Re: Calpol/ Calpobrufen - Suitable for Rats?

Post by not_ginger » Sat Feb 05, 2011 4:20 pm

ErnieG! wrote:ETA: She really doesn't wanna know, I popped in a syringe and she just pushed it away, popped it on a spoon and she pushed it away :oops:
Try it soaked into a bit of bread. I usually use biscuit but there may be a bit too much liquid for that.
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