If you get your dog spayed can the vet use an anesthesia that doesn't include ketamine?
Someone mentioned that ketamine possibly wasn't such a good idea? Thanks.
Every vet is different. Ketamine we always used in our clinic but never on dogs we used a ketamine/ace combo on cats and never really had a problem Ketamine pretty much makes the animals unable to use their muscles and they can be fully alert thats why we mixed it with acepromazine so they would be calm as well. It is used as a pre anesthesia drug to help calm the animal so when can knock them out. If you ask either the anesthesiologist or the vet to explain what drugs they use I am sure that would be more then happy to go over all the procedures with you. every animal is different so for your pet they might have a different protocol due to their equipment/drugs/and experiences. So in the short realm Ketamine is a pretty safe drug.
Re-read my answer. Ketamine is a Pre-anesthetic drug, not included in the actual anesthesia. My sheltie ended up in the hospital on ivs for 3 days because of the seizure side-effect from this drug.
It is not necessary to use this, there are other drugs out there. I have on my charts only the drugs used for cats can be used on any of my dogs coming in for any kind of surgery. The profile paper that comes with the drug says (check it out on google) convulsions can be a side-effect.
ketamine is used to maintain anesthesia and should never be used alone. it's an additive, that's all. it's an alternative to isofluorane gas. the vast majority of vets use a mixture of medications and gas is normally used on very young puppies because their livers are not fully developed or able to filter the mixture.
ketamine is a fairly safe drug. i would discuss your concerns with your vet.
why are you asking a bunch of people on yahoo? ask your vet or any vet, someone who has an educated answer.