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From: "Sue Liszewski"
Date: 2004-01-05 05:49:35 UTC
Subject: RE: [ferrethealth] Pre Med question
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Atropine helps keep the heart working well during anesthesia and never a bad
idea, it is not always used when only inhalant anesthesia is used. The
other is a pain medication also not a bad idea for any surgery.

For castration no IV really needed but never a bad idea again depending on
the types of anesthesia being used.

For any abdominal surgery, I have gone to using an IV cath and fluids for
all of them. They may not need to stay on them if they do well post op. I
have done it both ways and like an IV cath. This way if there is a problem
we don't lose precious time trying to find a vein. I have had ferrets go
into shock after a procedure and then there is no way to find a vein. We
have a far higher chance of full uncomplicated recoveries when we use an IV
cath. I find that when I have them in place I don't have the problems I
might when they aren't there. In Vet School they would tell you evey
anesthetic procedure should have an IV catheter. It is practicing the best
quality medicine by doing so.

I agree if the procedure is sterile minimal tissue damage antibiotics aren't
needed. If I did I would also choose a different antibiotic. Baytril is a
great antibiotic but is what I call a big Gun and if used that way
indiscriminantly it can build up resistence problems and when you really
need it it may not work.

Hope this helps.

Dr. Sue

>From: "Ulrike" <>
>To: "Ferrethealth" <>
>Subject: [ferrethealth] Pre Med question
>Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2004 17:30:02 +0000 (GMT Standard Time)
>My vet uses pre med for every operation, even castration. She gives
>Atropine and Vetergesic before an operation and often Rimadyl after the
>operation. Is all this necessary? Or are there better medications? In
>past, my hobs never got any injections when they were castrated, except for
>a Baytril injection. Also, I had one ferret who had an adrenal operation
>and she wasn't put on a drip but had fluid injected under the skin after
>operation. Another ferret was put on a drip when she had surgery for a
>stomach blockage. Is it better to use a drip for all operations or is it
>sufficient to inject some fluid under the skin?
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