Kristen Messenger, DVM, Diplomate ACVAA & ACVCP
North Carolina State University
There are approximately 74.1 million pet cats in the United States1 but, despite this popularity, anesthesia and analgesia remain challenging in cats. Surprisingly few anesthetic and analgesic products are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in cats, but several new products have become recently available.
NEW ANESTHETIC PRODUCTS
The v-gel (docsinnovent.com) is a supraglottic airway device (Figure 1) similar to a laryngeal mask airway, and is an alternative to orotracheal intubation.2,3 The device was designed specifically for use in cats (Figure 2).
FIGURE 1. An example of the v-gel for cats, which comes in 6 different sizes.
FIGURE 2. Photograph of the v-gel correctly placed in a patient.