45075RE: [FH] plan for an emergency...
- May 3 7:27 AMHi: I wonder if maybe I have the name wrong...it's been over a year since Max passed and maybe I am forgetting, but I thought that was the name. What I had came in glass ampules with a needle to administer. The vet in Mexico said that he couldn't even perscribe that drug because it was like Morphine and he didn't have authority to use it. Can you think of something else which sounds similar and would come in that packaging? I had 3 ampules in a package. I know that it knocked Max out...hope I'm not leading you wrong...Judi and Angel Max and Tucker
Date: Thu, 3 May 2012 05:38:19 +0000
Subject: Re: [FH] plan for an emergency...
--- In email@example.com, Laurie Stead <kittykatwhiskas@...> wrote:
> Interesting to read about using butorphenol.... You wrote: "It's for pain and relaxes them also (the Mexican vet said it
> was like morphine.)"
It was I who said that I'd be surprised if butorphanol did anything. It is not like morphine -- it is a weak pain medication. Back in the olden days (5-10 years ago), butorphanol was widely used as a pain medication. Some older-school vets still use it. It is not nearly as effective as other opioids, so everyone needs to make sure their dog or cat is getting more than butorphanol if they are having surgery or in pain for another reason.
Among veterinary anesthesiologists, butorphanol is most used for its sedative effects when used in combination with other medications. Among other vet specialists, it is often used as a cough medication in dogs with chronic cough.
If you are concerned, Laurie, can you just give the butorphanol one day at home and see? Do you have enough for two doses?
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