My vet (and the vet I will soon be working for -- I'm just waiting on that darned drug screen to come back
) does not use Ketamine
. They primarily use Isoflurane
. They do also use Propofol
. I know that they used to use Ketamine
, but no longer offer it as they feel its risks far outweigh its benefits.
But, to be safe, and because I feel so strongly about it, I have it on all of my pets' records to not use Ketamine
-- no matter what. And, I have ensured that it is on my pets' records at the emergency vet's office as well. Ketamine
was determined to be the cause of my father's cat's death and I have at least two other friends who have losts pets to Ketamine
. And, it's not just cats. A dear friend of mine lost her dachsund due to Ketamine
. I will never allow it to be used on any of my pets and I do what I can to ensure that others are aware of its dangers.
Aside from the Ketamine
, I have other meds on my cats' files that are either a strict DO NOT USE or a CONSULT OWNER BEFORE USE. I have done the same for my dogs, but so as not to get into all of that, I will keep it on track with only discussing my kitties. On their DO NOT USE list is Ketamine
. And, on the CONSULT OWNER BEFORE USE list are a number of drugs such as Convenia
, and all steroids. I also require my vet to contact me if doing innoculations as I have some pets with sensitivities and I insist that they only receive adjuvent-free rabies shots. I used to worry about being seen as a pain, but I'd rather be a "nut" than a "normal" person with a ill or dead pet. But, thankfully, I don't have to worry as my vet and the vet office as a whole is wonderful and supportive.
Just as I must be an advocate for my own health and health care, I need to be informed and an advocate for my pets' health and health care. And, in my pets' case, it's even more important for me to be up-to-date about information and on top of things -- they don't have a voice and so I'm their voice. It's responsible pet ownership and I'm more than happy to do what I can (and need to do). Good on you for doing the same.