Gloria, I spoke with my vet today and was assured that extra precautions are taken with cats like Persians. The anesthetic used is Isoflorine and she will be intubated.
Lynne ----- Original Message ----- From: "Gloria Lane" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Sunday, June 22, 2008 8:46 AM Subject: Re: spaying > Does she have an outbreak of Herpes right now? If so, wait on the > spay because of that. Many cats have been exposed to and carry the > Herpes virus - but is she has an outbreak, that's different - you > might just want to get her on some Lysine , and make sure she's in > good shape before any surgery. > > And if she's Persian, I'd wait. If Persian, she probably also has > "Persian eyes", meaning some drainage and staining below her eyes > which is typical of the breed, because of the smallness in the flat > facial area. I've just gotten real cautious about Persians. > > I'd probably let her get a little older anyhow. Cats that have had > kittens get spayed all the time, that's not a concern. BUT Persian > cats require special attention re surgery. They have small airways, > and some people prefer intubating them for surgery rather than just > using anesthesia alone. When they're out or groggy from anesthesia, > the tissue in the throat can cover the airway and they can die if > they're not watched carefully, and seems like many vets/vet techs > don't know that. I've had that happen. > > Another thing is that Persians may have different sensitivities to > anesthesia than other cats, so make sure the vet is sensitive to > Persian issues. One link is here, with a quote: > > ================================== > http://www.vetinfo4cats.com/canesthesia.html > "Ketamine causes hypertension during anesthetic recovery and it is > possible that the detrimental effects attributed to ketamine may be > due primarily to cases of undiagnosed cardiomyopathy in cats > undergoing anesthetic procedures. These cats would be especially > sensitive to hypertension and the increase in blood pressure induced > by ketamine is supposed to be pretty significant in some cats. > If this theory is correct it may make sense that Persians are more > sensitive to ketamine than other cat breeds since cardiomyopathy is > supposed to be a problem in the breed. Another potential problem with > Persians and ketamine is that many vets using ketamine anesthesia > (included me when procedures are short) do not routinely intubate cats > to provide a patent airway since they are not anticipating having to > use gas anesthesia. In pets with short noses, both cats and dogs, > intubation during any anesthetic procedure is best since these pets > can develop airway obstructions much more easily than longer nosed > pets. I think almost all vets do intubate pets when they are doing > dental procedures other than very simple extractions, though." > > ================================== > > Hope this is helpful. > > Gloria > > > > > On Jun 21, 2008, at 9:42 AM, Lynne wrote: > > > Here I go again, waffling about neutering my cat. I need some > > honest advice here. Don't just tell me what I want to hear but what > > I must hear. > > > > I haven't owned too many cats in my life, 3 to be exact because they > > all lived very long lives. Then came BooBoo and all the tragedy > > associated with Feline leukemia, FIP etc. I still say I shouldn't > > have neutered him (age 5) and that stress contributed to his very > > quick demise. My other cats have always been neutered before we got > > them (from the humane society.) Now we have Snowy, the 3 and a half > > year old rescued cat who was very ill with feline herpes virus. It > > caused some scarring in one eye and apparently it took 2 months in a > > foster home to get her eyes and respiratory tract infection > > treated. She is seemingly very healthy, the vet says she has a > > strong heart. What I did learn about her though was that she did > > have a litter of kittens at one point and they all died. I have > > read that it can be complicated to spay a cat that has had a litter > > and that is why it is best to do it at a young age. I have her > > scheduled to go in this Tuesday and I'm petrified. I would > > absolutely die if something were to happen to her. I worry about > > the stress and her history of Herpes virus. She's such a happy and > > loving little girl but becomes very aggitated over having her eyes > > cleaned daily and being brushed, necessary things for a persian. > > When we got her about two weeks later we discovered she had a very > > horrible ingrown nail and took her to the emergency vet to have it > > surgically removed. It was a horrible sight. She had to be put > > under she was so hysterical. The vet even told us we had a bad > > kitty because I guess she put a job on him. From what I can tell she > > has not gone into heat during the time we've owned her which is > > around 4 months now. She's an indoor cat but is allowed to go > > outside with us and Lenny for fresh air and nature. Neither cat is > > ever let outside without at least one of us in the yard with them > > and both stay very close. It is impossible for either one go get > > out of the back yard, but yes, it is possible for an agile male to > > find his way in. Like I mentioned, they both are supervised > > diligently and only let out for a short time. 90% of the time they > > are inside or in the screened patio. > > > > I know ultimately this is my decision but I would truly appreciate > > any thoughts you wonderful people might have on the subject. > > > > Many thanks > > Lynne > > _______________________________________________ > > Felvtalk mailing list > > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > > > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org