4 DOSES OVER 84 DAYS
HOW AN UNAPPROVED DRUG IS SAVING CATS FROM A ONCE-FATAL DISEASE
BY ALYSSA HURST | ILLUSTRATIONS BY JOHN BATTALGAZI
Through Facebook, Garrity found a manufacturer and ordered the treatment; that was the easy part. From there, the Facebook community walked him through the process. He shaved Doofas’s back to make it easier to tent his skin for injections, rotated between six injection sites to mitigate skin irritation from the caustic treatment, and kept plenty of treats on hand.
The drug comes in both an injectable and oral form, but according to Garrity, most opt for injections in the beginning. Cats receive 84 doses over 84 days, and then go through an 84-day observation period before they are considered cured. For amateurs with no medical experience, the process can be tricky.