Side effects of sedating a cat
Each cat will receive all doses in random order with a space of two days between each dose.
Many veterinarians like to do a pre-anesthesia work up to determine the overall health of your cat. He will also want to perform a physical examination on your cat, including listening to the heart and lungs for possible murmurs which could pose a problem during anesthesia.Most will recommend leaving water out until the morning of the operation.If your cat is on medication, continue to give this to your cat, unless your veterinarian advises otherwise.Owner must have a stable routine of daily living that is unlikely to change during the proposed study period (e.g., no impending changes such as moving house, vacations, introduction of new pets of people into the household).1.Cats will be excluded if they miss more than one tramadol dose/week or if they develop important adverse effects (frequent nausea, vomiting, pruritus, seizures, serotonin syndrome, gastrointestinal bleeding or diarrhea, excessive sedation or dysphoria).Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick!
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There are very few options of drugs for pain relief to be used long-term in cats, and some have a high risk of causing severe adverse effects (i.e., stomach bleeding, liver and kidney damage). Only cats whose owners have noticed altered activity, with radiographic evidence of osteoarthritis and decreased muscle mass (for non-axial joints), with no detectable systemic disease and no clinically significant abnormalities on blood work will be included. Cats must not be receiving any anti-inflammatory or other analgesic medications.
Administration of glucosamine-chondroitin sulphate or similar medication (e.g., chondroprotectants) is acceptable as long as they have been administered for at least 10 weeks and their administration will not be changed during the study period.4.
Cats will also wear an activity monitor device (e.g., a type of “pedometer”) on their neck to measure their activity level at home.
These parameters will be compared using statistical methods.
Your cat will be sleepy for some time after a general anaesthetic.