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1 April 2009 Allometric Scaling of Chemical Restraint Associated with Inhalant Anesthesia in Giant Anteaters
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This study describes the use of allometric scaling in five giant anteaters (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) submitted for osteosynthesis, gastrostomy, or treatment of burns. Chemical restraint was performed by allometric scaling using the dog as a reference; acepromazine (0.06 mg/kg), diazepam (0.3 mg/kg), ketamine (8.8 mg/kg), and buprenorphine (5.9 μg/kg) were combined, and the animals were maintained under isoflurane anesthesia. Heart rate, respiratory rate, hemoglobin oxygen saturation, temperature, and anesthetic depth were measured. Postoperative treatment consisted of ketoprofen, buprenorphine, and ceftiofur. Anesthetic induction was obtained in 10–15 min, achieving muscle relaxation and absence of excitement. Physiologic parameters were stable during the procedures, and postoperative treatment was effective. Allometric scaling was effective for chemical restraint and postoperative treatment.

Carregaro, Gerardi, and Honsho: Allometric Scaling of Chemical Restraint Associated with Inhalant Anesthesia in Giant Anteaters
Adriano Bonfim Carregaro, Patrícia Molina Gerardi, and Daniel Kan Honsho "Allometric Scaling of Chemical Restraint Associated with Inhalant Anesthesia in Giant Anteaters," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 45(2), 547-551, (1 April 2009). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-45.2.547
Received: 18 April 2008; Published: 1 April 2009
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