New Methods of Using Traditional Medicine for Pets
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New Methods of Using Traditional Medicine for Pets

September 8, 2019


Some new ways to use traditional
medications, I think gabapentin has kind of been shown to be a good drug to give
to a cat prior to coming into the hospital. So, sometimes cats are difficult
to handle in hospital because they’re fearful, and if you have the owner pre
treat them with gabapentin at home, so anywhere from 1 to 300 milligrams per
cat, then you wait an hour and the animal comes in a lot more calm and easier
to handle. And so, gabapentin has been used in this way in the recent past with
great success. Another drug that I think is not really new anymore but it’s
really novel is onsior, robenacoxib. It’s a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
that has a really short half-life, so, it doesn’t stay in the blood stream but it
congregates an inflamed tissue. So, it’s easier on the kidneys, and GI and all
those negative side effects that we oftentimes attribute to NSAID use, is
more comfortable for people to use oncior versus other NSAIDs in cats, for
that reason. I mean there’s alfaxalone is a newer induction agent that is similar
in its effect to propofol, but it maintains the baroreceptor reflex, and so
you’re, when your body picks up the fact that you’re hypotensive, or those are
dilated and hypotensive, the body responds by increasing the heart rate. And propofol doesn’t allow the baroreceptors to make that change, but alfaxalone preserves that reflex, and so, you can have a response to
hypotension with an increase in heart rate.
And so, people find that comforting as opposed to using propofol.

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