Thank you to Pixel Nine for posting the following report at Yahoo group RESCUE ME! CAT RESCUE & REHOMING:
A special recycling program in Philadelphia is helping cats and kittens in the cityâs animal control. Itâs very common for cats in the shelter system to develop upper respiratory infections â URIs â due to the stress and close quarters of the shelter.
Those infections sometimes trigger eye infections that could lead to eye ulcers and blindness. To fight those infections, shelters use antibiotic eye ointment. The special ointment not only is expensive, but has been hard to get this year due to a shortage.
According to an article in Catster, one of the Veterinarians working with shelter cats in Philly found out that the same ointment was used on newborn babies in obstetric wards. Single use tubes are used for all babies to prevent infections that could occur during birth. The partially used tubes are then thrown away.
Veterinarian Rachel Kreisler made her pitch to the OB wardâ¦nurses there loved the idea. The proposal for sending the leftover ointment then passed approval of the FDA because the erythromycin used for babies was the same for cats (but gentler). The hospitals regulatory board and pharmacy also gave the green light.
Since September, the leftover tubes of erythromycin have been passed onto the cat shelter, saving cats from infection. The recycling program has now been a huge success and is being considered elsewhere.
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