Thank you Sharyl.  I've written this down and will definitely ask him when I 
see him about pain meds and the anesthesia.

Lynne
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Sharyl 
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
  Sent: Friday, April 25, 2008 5:43 AM
  Subject: Re: spaying


  Lynne,
  I know it is scary.  My Rocket was just spayed Tuesday and came thru with 
flying colors.  You can ask the vet what type of anesthesia they use.  My vet 
used isoflurane.  Sevoflurane  also puts less strain on the cat.  Be sure to 
tell the vet you do not want Metacam given as a pain med.  Not the injection or 
oral liquid.  Even though a single Metacam injection is approved by the FDA for 
use in cats it has caused chronic renal failure in som e kitties.  
Buprenorphine (Buprenex) has been used for kitties with no adverse affect.

  There is always a risk with anesthesia but there are also risks not spaying 
her.  The incidence of mammary cancer is higher in kitties that have not been 
spayed.   

  We'll keep our fingers and toes crossed for her.
  Sharyl Sissy and Rocket

  Lynne <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
    Hi all,

    I haven't posted in a while but have been reading all the emails.  I guess 
this is a little off topic but I need some reassurance.  This coming Thur sday 
we are taking our Snowy in to be spayed.  It was part of the contract I signed 
when we adopted her from the foster mom. She's the rescued girl we got after 
BooBoo died.  She's a 3 year old persian and I am scared to death about doing 
this.  We've had her for about a month and the vet thought it a good idea that 
we wait til she adjusted to us, which took about a day.  She had been neglected 
in the past and had basically lived in a cage until she was rescued.  She had 
feline herpes and a respiratory infection when she was taken but recovered 
nicely and was immunized when we got her.  I just keep thinking that if we had 
not had BooBoo neutered he may have fared better.  I truly believe that it 
hastened his demise.  I hope I'm wrong about this and even though we have 
always had our cats neutered, I realize spaying is a little more complicated.  
The vet assured us she would be fine but if we lost her I don't think we'd ever 
re cover.  She is an amazing precious little girl.  We haven't had a younger 
cat in the house for a long time and she is so playful and comes to bed with me 
every night when I go upstairs.  She talks to us all the time in these little 
meows and you can tell she is really happy.

    The field worker who investigated BooBoo's previous owners came by last 
week to meet her and see how she was doing and was amazed at her too.  He 
commented that we were lucky to get her because hundreds of people applied.  
She's kind of a poster child in this area for abused animals.  He also said she 
was very lucky to have got us, which was very nice of him.

    Lynne




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