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Comparing chemical restraint and anesthetic protocols used for blood donations in cats: One teaching hospital's experience
Years of experience with The Ohio State University blood bank led these authors to a consensus about which intramuscular or inhalant drug protocol works best for feline blood collection in their donor program.



After evaluating these different techniques, we considered inhalant anesthesia with sevoflurane to be the most reliable method for immobilizing the cats for blood donation. We also found that administering the inhalant anesthetic through a mask did not interfere with blood collection. Although not specifically studied in this paper, isoflurane would be an acceptable alternative to sevoflurane and has been used by two of the authors in private practice (Drs. Troyer and Feeman) with good success. A longer induction and recovery period would be expected with isoflurane, as would a lower induction and maintenance dose.

H.L. Troyer, DVM*
William E. Feeman III, DVM**
Toni L. Gray, RVT***
C. Guillermo Couto, DVM, DACVIM
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43210

Current addresses:
*Oradell Animal Hospital
580 Winters Ave.
Paramus, NJ 07652

**Animal Medical Centre of Medina
1060 S. Court St.
Medina, OH 44256

***5230 Renner Road
Columbus, OH 43228

Supported in part by grant P30 CA16058, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Md.


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