Induction of general anaesthesia by blowpipe darting in a fractious companion horse

Dìez Bernal, Sabina; Lanz, Simone; Schmutz, Isabelle; Leeb, Tosso; Spadavecchia, Claudia (2018). Induction of general anaesthesia by blowpipe darting in a fractious companion horse. Veterinary Record Case Reports, 6(3), e000629. British Veterinary Association 10.1136/vetreccr-2018-000629

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a fractious nine-year-old, 520-kg, neutered Swiss Warmblood was presented with a history of anorexia, progressive weight loss and mild hindlimb lameness. Because of its temperament, standard physical examination was considered to be only feasible under general anaesthesia. For safety reasons, general anaesthesia was planned to be induced by blowpipe darting. two attempts are described and discussed in the present report. the first attempt, using a combination of medetomidine and tiletamine-zolazepam, was unsuccessful. Conversely, detomidine combined with butorphanol, followed by a second dart of detomidine and tiletamine-zolazepam, proved to be adequate to induce anaesthesia. Factors that could have influenced the outcome, such as different therapeutic approach, drug protocol and dosages, stress level, or genetic mutations, are presented and discussed.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Equine Clinic
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Institute of Genetics
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > DKV - Anaesthesiology

UniBE Contributor:

Dìez Bernal, Sabina; Lanz, Simone; Schmutz, Isabelle; Leeb, Tosso and Spadavecchia, Claudia

Subjects:

600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

2052-6121

Publisher:

British Veterinary Association

Language:

English

Submitter:

Claudia Spadavecchia

Date Deposited:

17 Apr 2019 14:56

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 12:25

Publisher DOI:

10.1136/vetreccr-2018-000629

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.125202

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/125202

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