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1 October 1989 EFFECTS OF PHYSIOLOGICAL STATE ON DURATION OF SEDATION IN SOUTHERN ELEPHANT SEALS
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One hundred eighty-one female and thirteen postweanling pup southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) were sedated using a combination of ketamine hydrochloride and xylazine hydrochloride. Physiological state had a profound effect on response of the animals to sedation. Physiologically stressed postlactation and postpartum cows had significantly longer periods of sedation than pre-molting females or recently weaned pups. Induction time was not affected by physiological status. Dose rates are recommended for elephant seals in various physiological states.

Woods, Hindell, and Slip: EFFECTS OF PHYSIOLOGICAL STATE ON DURATION OF SEDATION IN SOUTHERN ELEPHANT SEALS
Rupe Woods, Mark Hindell and David J. Slip "EFFECTS OF PHYSIOLOGICAL STATE ON DURATION OF SEDATION IN SOUTHERN ELEPHANT SEALS," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 25(4), (1 October 1989). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-25.4.586
Received: 27 June 1988; Accepted: ; Published: 1 October 1989
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