Has anyone had to sedate their kitty with gas at the Vet?

Kitty_Pryde_and_JackKitty_Pryde_and_Jack los angelesMember Posts: 317 ✭✭✭
My kitten needs to have some x-rays done to check a possible spinal problem, but he was very aggitated at the vet, during his first appointment, so they would like to sedate him to perform the x-rays. I am taking him this weekend and am a little weary about the gas-I haven't heard of that and also, aren't they trained to handle animals who get more aggressive during appointments? I am just concerned about side effects and if it is absolutely necessary to do this. my other cat is perfect at the vet and never had to be sedated, but all Indiana is doing is hissing. He did swat at the technitian once when he was about to get a needle, but his claws were not out and when I started to kiss the top of his head, he stopped. He also leaned into me, so if I am there, I don't see how it would be such a problem, but they said I cannot go in the x-ray room. Has anyone ever had this same recommendation from their vets? thank you!

Kitty Pryde and Jack

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  • Lisa DaversLisa Davers SacramentoMember Posts: 3,642
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    The gas sounds like a general anesthetic like he had when he was fixed and I know you said he had a bad reaction to that. The problem they have is that they need him to stay still for the x-ray so if he's scared and fighting/wriggling its difficult for them to get a good shot. I'd definitely ask your vet if there is an alternative valium type sedative that he can try since he didn't do well on the general anesthetic before. Unless they can confirm its something different that what he got when he was fixed. You may also want to see if you can find a cat specialist vets for the x-ray as they may be more experienced and able to do it while he's awake. The cat vets I use have welders gauntlets, cat muzzles etc and can handle even the most difficult cats.
  • Valerie DurhamValerie Durham Member Posts: 8,724
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    I have been blessed with healthy cats who are not vet-resistant, but I know it's a problem with many cats. Your story makes me think you need another vet. Some cats really do go gonzo when they go to the vet, but Indiana does not sound that way. Is there any way that you can get a second opinion?
  • Deb sDeb s down the street from the fishiMember Posts: 13
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    My kitty just had x-rays. She is rather agggressive at times with the vet. However we just changed vets and that seemed to take care of some of the problem. The last vet she litterly climbed the walls and knocked pictures off the walls. She did find as they did the xrays and had her asleep while they did them.
  • Cady CalamityCady Calamity Member Posts: 214
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    It sounds odd to me that your vet won't let you sit with him and keep him calm during his x-ray. My vet actually encourages owners to stay and even help hold the animals still, especially with the more difficult pets. If your cat has had problems with anesthesia before, as someone else mentioned, I wouldn't use it again unless there were no other options. I'd say that you should ask about any other sedatives, and get their names so you can research their effects on cats. But as per your last question, no I've never been asked to sedate any of my pets for x-rays. Even when x-raying my bunny, my vet simply had me hold her first, make sure she was very calm, then cover her eyes with my hand and hold her still. The animal is less likely to squirm when they're calm and can't see what's scary.
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