Translator Disclaimer
1 December 2008 Tracheostomy in the Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla)
Author Affiliations +
Abstract

Anesthesia in the giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) may be complicated by apnea. Although emergent orotracheal intubation may be possible in other species, the particular anatomy of the anteater prevents a smooth intubation. A technique, developed on a cadaver model, is described for a surgical approach to the trachea of the giant anteater that may be used to secure an airway in an anesthetized animal under emergent conditions. The approach is complicated by the presence of the large paired submaxillary salivary gland and the relatively deep and caudal position of the larynx relative to the ramus of the mandible. This procedure, however, appears to be a feasible method to achieve endotracheal intubation in the anteater.

Benjamin M. Brainard, Alisa Newton, Keith C. Hinshaw, and Alan M. Klide "Tracheostomy in the Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 39(4), 655-658, (1 December 2008). https://doi.org/10.1638/2007-0124.1
Received: 29 December 2007; Published: 1 December 2008
JOURNAL ARTICLE
4 PAGES


SHARE
ARTICLE IMPACT
RIGHTS & PERMISSIONS
Get copyright permission
Back to Top