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1 December 2006 REVERSIBLE ANESTHESIA IN WILD MARINE OTTERS (LONTRA FELINA) USING KETAMINE AND MEDETOMIDINE
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Nine marine otters (Lontra felina) were anesthetized 15 times with a combination of ketamine (5.3 ± 0.9 [range: 4.5–8.0] mg/kg) and medetomidine (53 ± 9 [range: 45–80] μg/kg) i.m. by hand syringe for the placement of radiotransmitters. Times to initial effect and induction period ranged from 1.1 to 5.0 min and 1.8 to 5.4 min, respectively. Minor complications did occur, including mild hypothermia in six otters and severe hypoxemia in one otter. After 34 and 63 min, anesthesia was antagonized with atipamezole (226 ± 29 [range: 179–265] μg/kg) and all otters recovered within 3.3–26.8 min.

Claudio Soto-Azat, Francisca Boher, Gabriela Flores, Eileen Mora, Alexis Santibañez, and Gonzalo Medina-Vogel "REVERSIBLE ANESTHESIA IN WILD MARINE OTTERS (LONTRA FELINA) USING KETAMINE AND MEDETOMIDINE," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 37(4), 535-538, (1 December 2006). https://doi.org/10.1638/05-067.1
Received: 11 July 2005; Published: 1 December 2006
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