Message Number: YG1391 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-03-17 12:42:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Anesthetics

I personnal use and like just Iso for ferrets also.
Telazol, Ketamine/Ace, Ketamine/Valium, Ketamine/Xylazine,
Dommitor, etc can all be used, but why would one want
to use them. They do not offer a safer option. Sorry,
I cannot remember the Doctor's name from the AMC in
New York who brought up 2 valid points in favor of Telazol:
to reduce the stress of induction, and to provide better
post-op pain control. If one wants a safe, stress free
induction then perhaps propofol would be a better choice.
It is quick acting and only last for about 10 minutes. More
than enough time to hook them up to Iso. For post-op pain control
one can use Torbugesic for moderate to severe pain, the NSAID
product Banamine (flunixin meglumine) for mild to moderate pain,
and the SAID product that most of us use Pediapred. I personnal
give an injection of Dexamethasone pre-op for adrenal and/or
insulinoma surgeries for preemptive pain control. The injectables
can be used safely on the healthy ferret for routine surgery (spay,
neuter,etc.) but I would still avoid them.
Jerry Murray, DVM