Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard cub (7 mos old) - Cape May County Zoo

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Warning From a Vet About Ketamine Abuse in Humans

This is not something I'm hearing about as much as I was say, 10 years ago. But I'm sure there are people out there that will seek any drug high. Veterinary clinics have been and will be targets for break ins since we have all sorts of controlled substances on hand. Granted they should be locked in a DEA approved safe.

This vet in England took a video to show how quickly ketamine knocks a horse down. I've used it in cats and dogs and I can tell you that it does not look fun at all. We usually add diazepam to the mix so that it smooths out the muscle spasms, etc. But diazepam is more quickly metabolized so when they wake up, they can be in what we call a "dissociative" state - or the "ketamine crazies" - ie, a cat in a cage will have her head going back and forth and you imagine she's seeing 100 mice or 4 dogs staring at her. You go to touch her and she has a very exaggerated recoil reaction. Not something I'd personally want to abuse.

Check this out: Ketamine Warning


  1. hello, i was curious about the ketamine so i researched a bit and i found that says, "Ketamine is a short-acting general anaesthetic that has hallucinogenic and painkilling qualities that seem to affect people in very different ways." but why is that in your statement it can knock down horse? I dont get it.

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  2. Ketamine works great in horses and cats/dogs as well as some exotic species. However, it not used ALONE as the sole anesthetic agent. It's part of a cocktail of drugs given. Yes it can and does knock horses down. Generally in combo with other drugs.