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Type: Journal article
Title: Mass capture and anesthesia of Australian bridled nailtail wallabies (Onychogalea fraenata) with the use of medetomidine and ketamine
Author: Boardman, W.
Caraguel, C.
Gill, S.
Herman, K.
McEwen, M.
Haghighi, L.
Smith, I.
Citation: Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 2014; 50(4):858-863
Publisher: Wildlife Disease Association
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 0090-3558
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Wayne S. J. Boardman, Charles G. Caraguel, Sarah Gill, Kerryn Herman, Margaret-Mary McEwen, Leila C. Haghighi, and Ian Smith
Abstract: We anesthetized 301 bridled nailtail wallabies (Onychogalea fraenata), captured within Scotia Sanctuary, New South Wales, Australia over four nights in October 2009 to perform health assessments before their release into a predator-proof exclosure. We tested two anesthetic dose-rate combinations, protocol 1 (0.08 mg/kg medetomidine-4.5 mg/kg ketamine), and protocol 2 (0.1 mg/kg medetomidine-5 mg/kg ketamine), each given intramuscularly. Median time from injection to recumbency for protocol 1 was 10 min (1-27 min) and for protocol 2 was 12 min (2-28) (P = 0.12). Five animals died during the induction with protocol 2; none died with protocol 1 (P = 0.06). Physiologic parameters were recorded during recumbency, with no significant abnormalities with protocol 1. Protocol 1 was an effective, efficient regime to anesthetize large numbers of bridled nailtail wallabies under field conditions.
Keywords: Anesthesia
Onychogalea fraenata
bridled nailtail wallaby
Rights: © Wildlife Disease Association 2014
DOI: 10.7589/2014-01-018
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