I agree on the Ketamine.   I always ask for gas, and for ferals to be boxed
down.


On Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM, Lee Evans <moonsiste...@yahoo.com> wrote:

>
>
>   *From:* Lee Evans <moonsiste...@yahoo.com>
> *To:* felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> *Sent:* Wednesday, February 15, 2012 1:30 PM
>
> *Subject:* Re: [Felvtalk] Dublin woke up from surgery blind
>
> Ask the vet if he used Ketamine.  This is an injected anesthesia and many
> times results in dilated pupils. The dilation lasts anywhere from a day to
> a week.  Baby Face, a cat I had long ago came out of spay surgery with
> dilated pupils.  I didn't notice it until the Sunday after the surgery.  We
> have an animal eye specialist here.  He came into the office just to check
> Baby Face for high eye pressure.  She was normal.  Then he asked what type
> of anesthesia had been used.  I didn't know so he called the vet who had
> done the spay.  It was Ketamine.  This drug has since been banned or
> cautioned for use on humans but vets are still using it on cats and
> dogs  because it's less expensive and quicker for them to use.  I always
> ask for the gas method of anesthesia because of Baby Face's experience with
> this drug.  It could also be the cause of Dublin's agitation if he has a
> sensitivity to the drug.  If you have an animal eye specialist in your area
> take Dublin to that vet.  He will put some drops in the eyes and test the
> pressure.  Dublin could actually have come to you with mild glaucoma since
> you say that his pupils were mostly not responsive to light..  Glaucoma in
> animals can be controlled with special eye medication  similar to what
> humans use to control eye pressure.  Lee
>   *From:* Anne Myles <anne.my...@uni.edu>
> *To:* felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> *Sent:* Wednesday, February 15, 2012 11:32 AM
> *Subject:* [Felvtalk] Dublin woke up from surgery blind
>
> I am devastated -- my FeLV boy Dublin had major dental surgery yesterday
> to remove the rest of his teeth due to severe stomatitis and feline
> resorptive lesions (his third dental surgery in six months).  He came
> through OK it seemed, and his bloodwork turned out to be very promising
> (his mild anemia around December had reversed with his hematocrit in the
> middle of the normal range).  But something seemed off with agitation and
> his eyes and the vet realized that Dublin seems to be blind.  He did all
> the ocular tests they do and nothing physiologically can be found wrong --
> no detached retina, no bleed, no evidence of hypoxia, etc.  But only his
> left eye is even minimally reactive to light.  The vet believes the
> blindness to be related to the FeLV, although I'm still totally confused
> about the suddenness of this all.
>
> Dublin has always had something weird about his eyes -- the pupils stay
> mostly dilated and while they constrict a little it's definitely not like a
> normal cat.  I wondered if he had an eye problem and could see well even
> before I adopted him and learned he was FeLV+.  But he seemed to see fine.
>
> While Dublin is physically stable he is apparently extremely agitated and
> the vet wants to keep him at the hospital until he settles down and begins
> to adapt.  He was with him until 10:30 last night and says that Dubbie has
> scarcely been out of a tech's arms since.  (He is the most loving,
> people-oriented cat, and is not stressed just from being at the vet -- it's
> almost a joke how much he likes it there.)  I am crazy with distress and
> also with anxiety about bringing him home (have another cat, pretty rowdy,
> and a dog), though everyone says blind cats can do well.
>
> I'd appreciate any encouragement -- or in particular any insight into a
> FeLV-blindness link.
>
> Anne
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