Ketamine Hydrochloride Injection
For use in cats and subhuman primates:
Ketamine Hydrochloride Injection may be used in cats for restraint or as the sole anesthetic agent for diagnostic or minor, brief, surgical procedures that do not require skeletal muscle relaxation. It may be used in subhuman primates for restraint. Ketamine Hydrochloride Injection provides 100 mg/mL of ketamine hydrochloride and is available in 10 mL vials.
Important safety information
Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. As with all drugs, side effects may occur. Ketamine Hydrochloride Injection is contraindicated in cats and subhuman primates suffering from renal or hepatic insufficiency. To reduce the incidence of emergence reactions, animals should not be stimulated by sound or handling during the recovery period. Apnea, respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest and death have occasionally been reported with ketamine used alone, and more frequently when used in conjunction with sedatives or other anesthetics. Respiratory depression may occur following administration of high doses of Ketamine Hydrochloride Injection. If at any time respiration becomes excessively depressed and the animal becomes cyanotic, resuscitative measures should be instituted promptly. In the cat, myoclonic jerking and/or mild tonic convulsions can be controlled by ultrashort-acting barbiturates which should be given to effect. The barbiturates should be administered intravenously at a dose level of one-sixth to one-fourth the usual dose for the product being used. See Package Insert for complete indications, side effects, contraindications and other important product information.