What do you mean "boxed down?"
On Feb 15, 2012, at 2:58 PM, Kathryn Hargreaves wrote:

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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