Many vets do not know about sphynx.
Make sure they know sphynx temps run higher then normal cats.
They get cold easy.
No Ketamine it kills and no Metacam it can cause kidney damage.
Also make sure they know the black stuff on the nails and in the ears is not ear mites and fungus.
I think its important to have an open minded vet that is willing to educate themselves on sphynx and any other animal that they are not familiar with. My vet has a team of vets she works with and they consult with each other about any case that they need advice on, she also is very upfront and lets me know if she doesn't have an answer, although she is very brilliant and has treated other sphynx cats. In fact one of the vet techs has a sphynx.
In fact the reason I picked her was the first thing out of her mouth was sphynx can't have ketamine.
I once carried my sphynx with a shattered front leg out of the orthopedic surgeon's office because he wasn't at all receptive to my request that ketamine not be used. He drew himself up in a huff and told me that he was the surgeon and he'd determine what was best to use. I informed him that I was a registered respiratory therapist and I'd spent the last 25 years fixing anesthesia f***-ups because of physicians who had a God complex and refused to listen to what others were telling them about the patient. I then told him that I was taking him back to my regular vet and if the leg had to be amputated, so be it; I'd rather have a cat with three legs than a cat killed because someone was too stupid to listen and admit that they might not know everything.
There's never an excuse to give Ketamine and don't let a vet tell you otherwise, no matter how dire the circumstances seem at the moment. There's always another way.
I'm lucky in that my vets LISTEN to me (they know I worked as a vet nurse for years!) so what they don't know, I tell them!! lol
Saying that, when Smeagol went in to be castrated they said they had 2 other sphynxes on the books who could be 'funny' and they were suprised by how loving Smeagol was!
It's not just Sphynx who shouldn't have Ketamine, it is all cats with any pre-existing heart condition or undiagnosed heart condition. So, in reality, no cat should be given it since lord knows people don't have cardiac workups on their cats before going in for surgery, LoL
Metacam(meloxicam) is okay to be given ONCE, ever, in the cat's life. The lower strength, 0.5mg/ml, is the safest. I much prefer buprenorphine or tramadol for long-term/short-term pain relief though.