Rather than argue with idiots, I just put 'Ketamine allergy' on their intake paperwork if they have to go to someone other than Dr. Annie.
Many years ago, I took my sphynx kitten in to get neutered. I was unaware at the time he had undiagnosed HCM, and they used ketamine on him. I lost him that day. It was awful, awful, awful and heartbreaking.
Generally vets use ketamine mixed with valium injected I.V as an induction agent (knocks your cat out for a few mins so we can get a breathing tube down to hook up to gas anesthesia).So, is Ketamine bad for ALL cats but just more dangerous for a sphynx? And is it only dangerous in certain doses?? I'm just curious. I can't help but keep thinking about my current vet saying they use a "kitty coktail" (yes I know this is spelled wrong but it "bleeped" me out for spelling it right, lol) that has measured amounts of each ingredient specific for the animals weight. If it's deadly for cats why would vets risk this?
not to take away from the seriousness of the thread..... but I just have to try it.... ****TAILGenerally vets use ketamine mixed with valium injected I.V as an induction agent (knocks your cat out for a few mins so we can get a breathing tube down to hook up to gas anesthesia).
For cat neuters, because they only take 2 mins to do, vets will use ketamine/valium mix for the actual surgery.
1/2 hour or so, before using ket/val they inject another coctail" under the skin or in the musle which varies between clinics, but is usually a painkiller mixed with some other drugs that counteract the undesirable effects of anesthesia.
Ketamine is dangerous to Sphynx and Devon Rex (see article) but also to regular cats with heart problems...so it is a risk.
I had used Ket/val as an induction agent in cats for 13 yrs (literally thousands of times) and never had a death, just 1 cat with a bad reaction (it was overly sedated, took longer to wake up) and it was a purebred cat, not a devon or sphynx....
I worked with a vet for 5 yrs that I would repeatedly caution to use a lower dose on purebred cats, but he never listened...
He also prefered to use "thiopental" a thiobarbituate, (really old school and cheap) INSTEAD of ket/val.....(safer and more expensive than thiopental).
So although ketamine gets a bad rap with sphynx, devon rex and heart problem patients.....it is better than some other drugs that old school vets use.
Even safer, and even more expensive than ket/val is "propofol" which is often used in "higher risk" patients. (yes, it killed Michael jackson...but its very safe).
...now Im rambling...LOL
Why does it bleep out ****tail?? coctail...coktail..****tail!
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