Re: [FH] Chest Tap - Is a sedative possible?
Emergency Respiratory Assessment
Information on dypsnea (respiratory distress)
A severely dypneic cat can be intubated without
sedative. I take this to mean that sedatives can be
--- lise80027 <lisecummings@...> wrote:
> Tigger is somewhat full of fluid (pleural effusion).
> We got his
> chest tapped once (Jan. 10), but he has filled up
> somewhat since
> then. We asked the vet if he should have his chest
> tapped, but
> Tigger was not acting cooperative at that vet visit
> (at the previous
> visit, the vet was unable to draw blood because
> Tigger was so cranky -
> he kept jerking when the vet tried).
> The time we got it tapped, he was more cooperative
> (I think because
> he was so full he didn't feel very good). I think
> Tigger would be
> more comfortable if we got it tapped (we've upped
> his diuretic
> dosage, so maybe he wouldn't fill up so fast again).
> So, I'm
> wondering if it's possible to sedate him - not full
> anesthesia, but
> something to 'take the edge off' so he'd relax a
> little at the vet.
> How do the rest of you handle your kitties when they
> need their chest
> Tigger - 14 1/2 years old, diagnosed with HCM
> 4/1996, downgraded to
> RCM 5/2004, started experiencing heart failure
> 1/1/2005. Cute as a
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- In a message dated 2/3/2005 4:56:50 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> How do the rest of you handle your kitties when they need their chestYes, sedation is possible, it just can't be anything cardio-reactive, like
Baby Boy has had many taps ... for his first three (done three days in a
row), he got isofluorane, a gas. He did okay with it but was very groggy. About
three weeks later at Tufts, he had another after his ultrasound and they used
valium and butorphanol (pain killer). He did *very* well with that, and when
he needed three more about a month later, I asked that he be sedated with that
combination and it worked very well then too. I definitely prefer it to gas,
and it certainly "takes the edge off" -- he was relaxed for hours, though not
groggy like he was with the isofluorane.
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