Who the heck still uses Ketamine? That is a deal breaker for me.
My vet uses propofol and isoflor for surgeries. The dogs come up in minutes.
The last dog a vet used Ketamine on was my Mercury. I brought him home unconscious and it took about an hour of jerking, growling, and releasing his bladder before he was awake.
With so many safe new drugs I don't understand why they would use Ketamine. Just my 1.5 cents.
Ketamine is a total dealbreaker for me, as well.
My vet does not use it, and has never, since coming to this state. Many vets here, esp. the low cost clinics, do still use it, though.
From what I undersand, Ketamine is still the drug of choice for cats. Every cat I've had done, except for Connor, has had Ketamine (or at least something that makes them look like they've had Ketamine).
Nope, even in this economically depressed area, only the worst clinic uses vitamin K for kitties.
They do still use it for dogs, sadly, but the anesthesia recovery for cats given ketamine is not pretty to watch, and the complications much higher.
What Burns said, that's what all the decent clinics use.
I don't know all the details, they are still quite in shock. When I go to the vet to put dogs under for x-rays, the vet uses Isoflurane. I don't think he's used anything else.
The dog was a regular white/black tri colored fella. He's from a breeder nearby, not too closely related to any of mine. Maybe way back. I haven't heard any other details or what they plan to do.
Now that it's had time to sink in, I realize how silly I may have sounded initially. Our dogs will encounter risks in anything we do with them, and they can't live in a bubble. They will be just as well to be speutered than to not, as long as the vet checks everything well beforehand.
I'd have the anesthesia discussion with your vet anyway, just to be safe. I once found out that, even though I'd asked, ketamine was still used on one of my bunnies (different clinic, years ago, but expressly against my wishes).
I have this non-scientific working theory about blue animals and medication reactions...so I was just curious as to the color of this dog, but he was just black tri, hmmm.
I feel so bad for them, losing their dog.