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This article is sponsored content brought to you by Jurox.

Not just because of their ability to fit into tiny spaces that defy all logic, their love for cardboard boxes, or their talent in making us feel like we only exist to be their servants. Cats are unique creatures, and it should be remembered that they are not just small dogs. Feline friendly practices are becoming increasingly common, and alongside this, knowledge around how we handle cats before, during, and after clinic visits may impact the quality of a patient’s visit to the vet hospital. When it comes to anaesthesia, our feline friends need even more care and consideration than their canine counterparts, as it has been shown that cats have an increased peri-anaesthetic mortality rate compared to dogs1

The administration of many different medications to help smooth out the whole anaesthetic process from start to finish is important for both patient, client, and staff safety and well-being, but consideration needs to be made around what else is present in each of the medications we administer. We know that cats have a reduced ability to process certain substances due to decreased activity in their glucuronidation pathways, hence why something like paracetamol, that we humans take for granted, has such a high potential for toxicity in felines.

Benzyl alcohol, commonly used in many pharmaceutical agents, is one such substance that has been highlighted as having the potential to cause toxicity in cats. At the low doses commonly found in medications, there is usually no cause for concern that it will result in any sort of toxicity. 

But why should we expose our patients to it if there is no need to? 

International regulators have required products containing benzyl alcohol to include a precautionary statement regarding the potential for toxicity in cats. As part of a project to ensure the Jurox Anaesthesia and Analgesia Range meets the highest international standards, we have instead launched MethadyneTM, our new, updated formulation of 10 mg/mL methadone for use in dogs, cats, and horses, which does not contain any benzyl alcohol. 

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Methadyne is now part of Australia’s most widely used range, brought to you by the Leaders in Anaesthesia and Analgesia. This is just another way our team at Jurox are dedicated to helping our customers, through world class products made right here in Australia.

For more info, contact your local Territory Manager, call our Customer Service team on 1800 023 312, or visit our website at https://bit.ly/36CC8eH and one of our friendly team will assist you. Jurox is a Proud Silver Sponsor of the AVA Centenary Series.


1. Brodbelt, DC, Blissitt KJ, Hammond RA, Neath OJ, Young LE, Pfeiffer DU, et al. The risk of death: the Confidential Enquiry into Perioperative Small Animal Fatalities. Vet Anaesth Analg. 2008 35: 365-373.

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