If your practice is narcotic friendly, you can substitute oxymorphone (0.05 – 0.10 mg/kg) or hydromorphone (0.10 – 0.20 mg.kg) in place of the butorphanol; use the lower end dosage of the narcotic for cats. If you give this to a fractious patient, you will likely still have a fractious patient after this medication.However it's usually just the ticket for the critically dyspneic pet or one with significant heart disease.That’s why we are pleased to offer an alternative to full sedation for fearful cats to keep your costs down and your scared feline happy.Gabapentin is a human drug that is also used in the veterinary field to treat pain or to control seizures.
Three hours before a vet visit, the owner gives the medication at home.
Gabapentin comes in a pre-loaded syringe in liquid form. We recently examined and treated a feral cat who had been pre-medicated with this drug and she was an absolute breeze to handle.
Gabapentin does not cause full sedation, but causes a cat to be a little slow. Danna said the best way to describe the effects is that it makes the patient indifferent. For safety, owners should know that a cat treated with gabapentin may be woozy or uncoordinated until the medication wears off.
In the past, the only way to handle these cats was to completely sedate them.
Procedures involving sedation cost more and take more time and all anesthetic events carry some measure of risk.