Induction to inhalation anaesthesia in agamid lizards with alfaxalone

https://doi.org/10.17221/91/2016-VETMEDCitation:Knotek Z. (2017): Induction to inhalation anaesthesia in agamid lizards with alfaxalone. Veterinarni Medicina, 62: 41-43.
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The aim of this study was to evaluate intravenous anaesthesia with alfaxalone for tracheal tube insertion in three species of agamid lizards. Alfaxalone, at a dose rate of 5 mg/kg, was administered intravenously to 80 inland bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps), 10 Rankin’s dragons (Pogona henrylawsoni) and 10 Chinese water dragons (Physignathus cocincinus) following 24 h of fasting. The righting reflex in inland bearded dragons, Rankin’s dragons and Chinese water dragons was lost within 12–45 s (17.52 ± 8.80 s), 15–40 s (24.60 ± 9.61 s) and 12–40 s (21.70 ± 9.53 s), respectively. The mean tracheal tube insertion time for inland bearded dragons, Rankin’s dragons and Chinese water dragons was 23.61 ± 10.91 s, 35.30 ± 14.71 s and 32.00 ± 14.32 s, respectively. Intravenous use of alfaxalone proved to be a suitable method for safe tracheal tube insertion and induction to inhalation anaesthesia in agamid lizards.
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