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1 October 1999 Immobilization of Sika Deer with Medetomidine and Ketamine, and Antagonism by Atipamezole
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Forty wild sika deer (Cervus nippon) were immobilized with medetomidine and ketamine and reversed by atipamezole in summer and fall captures from September 1994 to October 1995. For large yearling and older deer, mean ± SD doses of 57.0 ± 15.6 μg/kg medetomidine and 1.64 ± 0.49 mg/kg (male) or 4.02 ± 1.16 mg/kg (female) of ketamine were administered by intramuscular injection. For calves and small yearlings, 69.3 ± 7.0 μg/kg medetomidine and 2.69 ± 0.44 mg/kg ketamine were administered. While immobilized, deer were easy to handle, and muscles were well relaxed. After intramuscular administration of atipamezole (about 5 times the dose of medetomidine), deer recovered rapidly and smoothly.

Tsuruga, Suzuki, Takahashi, Jinma, and Kaji: Immobilization of Sika Deer with Medetomidine and Ketamine, and Antagonism by Atipamezole
Hifumi Tsuruga, Masatsugu Suzuki, Hiroshi Takahashi, Kiyoe Jinma and Koichi Kaji "Immobilization of Sika Deer with Medetomidine and Ketamine, and Antagonism by Atipamezole," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 35(4), (1 October 1999). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-35.4.774
Received: 4 August 1998; Accepted: ; Published: 1 October 1999
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