|I just have to mention that Ketamine is not the big bad scary drug that everyone is making it out to be. Unlike any other anaesthetic drug, ketamine can actually increase heart rate and blood pressure. Most drugs lower heart rate and BP forcing the anaesthetist to struggle to keep the cat alive and well perfused during surgery. Ketamine also has good pain control. In cats (and dogs) ketamine is usually used with valium to induce anaesthesia and place an endotracheal tube. Then the cat would be placed on isoflurane or another gas anaesthetic. Using ketamine with other drugs allows the anaesthetist to use less of each drug which lessens any negative side effects those individual drugs may have. This is called "balanced anaesthesia" and is the gold standard in good veterinary practices. Any Vet that only ever uses one drug, or anaesthetizes all animals the same way is taking a big risk. Every animal is different and should be treated as such.
We use this combination, and use ISO. In the 3 years I've been working at this clinic [my sister has been there for 20+ so I dunno what she has seen] I have never seen a cat or dog spay die under anesthesia.
|From my personal experiences with ISO vs ketamine. The cat who got the ISO is home the very same day without acting all drugged up. The cat who gets ketamine is messed up for days, and is not released from the vet until at least the next day...
I wonder what they put with the ketamine. We release our spays and neuters same day, the pets are fairly lively when they wake up. It depends on the individual, some of them are still kind of groggy, while others are up and alert. I've only seen the "messed up for days" reaction when we give the patients morphine. Are you sure the vet who used ketamine didn't use a morphine injection afterwards? We recently spayed my dog and gave her morphine, she was wiped out for the next two days.
My biggest things with stuff like this is we're only hearing one half of the story. I'm sorry for the loss of your cat, however, it was only ketamine related? I just have a hard time judging things like this, when I am unable to talk to the veterinarian to know exactly what went on.