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1 January 2012 Field Immobilization of Molina’s Hog-nosed Skunk (Conepatus chinga) Using Ketamine and Xylazine
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We injected 27 adult Molina’s hognosed skunks (Conepatus chinga) intramuscularly by hand with ketamine hydrochloride (KH) and xylazine hydrochloride (XH) in the Pampas grassland of Argentina. Skunks were immobilized with a mean (±SD) dosage of 24.9±6.5 mg/kg KH and 1.9±0.6 mg/kg XH. The mean effective dosages of KH (27.6 mg/kg) and XH (1.7 mg/kg) were higher and lower, respectively, than those reported in skunks previously. Mean induction and recovery time were 5.3±1.9 min and 47.7±18.5 min, respectively. Hypothermia was the only problem detected in field immobilization and occurred in winter but did not appear to be associated with to drug doses. We conclude that KH/XH is a safe immobilizing drug combination for Molina’s hog-nosed skunk.

Diego F. Castillo, Estela Luengos Vidal, Emma B. Casanave, and Mauro Lucherini "Field Immobilization of Molina’s Hog-nosed Skunk (Conepatus chinga) Using Ketamine and Xylazine," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 48(1), (1 January 2012). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-48.1.173
Received: 18 February 2011; Accepted: 1 August 2011; Published: 1 January 2012
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