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1 December 2004 CHEMICAL IMMOBILIZATION OF CAPTIVE AARDVARK (ORYCTEROPUS AFER)
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Four aardvarks (Orycteropus afer) were anesthetized over a 6-yr period. They were sedated using detomidine (0.13 ± 0.025 mg/kg i.m.; 0.12–0.14 mg/kg) and anesthetized with detomidine (0.12 ± 0.025 mg/kg i.m.; 0.09– 0.18 mg/kg) followed by ketamine (6.3 ± 1.68 mg/kg i.m.; 4.3–8.2 mg/kg). Effects of anesthesia were reversed by atipamezole (0.065 ± 0.013 mg/kg i.m.; 0.05–0.09 mg/kg). The detomidine–ketamine combination produced smooth anesthesia, excellent muscle relaxation, and was suitable for routine diagnostic and therapeutic interventions (blood collection, radiologic examinations, minor surgery).

Roman Vodicka "CHEMICAL IMMOBILIZATION OF CAPTIVE AARDVARK (ORYCTEROPUS AFER)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 35(4), 544-545, (1 December 2004). https://doi.org/10.1638/03-105
Received: 4 November 2003; Published: 1 December 2004
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