Case Report

Anesthesia of five captive amur tigers (Panthera tigris altaica) with a medetomidine-ketamine combination

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  • B. Alonso orcid logo
  • T. Bouts
  • F. Gasthuys
  • S. Schauvliege orcid logo

Abstract

Five adult healthy captive male amur tigers were anesthetized using a combination of medetomidine (0.03 mg/kg) and ketamine (2.5 mg/kg) target doses. After darting, the mean time to decubitus was 5 ± 1 minutes and to approach 13 ± 2.4 minutes. The time between approaching and the end of the procedure was 16.2 ± 3.3 minutes, and between darting and administering the antagonist 32.8 ± 4 minutes. After administration of atipamezole (0.08 mg/kg IV), the mean time to regain sternal recumbency was 9.4 ± 4.6 minutes and to stand 23 ± 11.4 minutes. Medetomidine in association with ketamine in single-dart injection produced fast and safe chemical restraint in the healthy tigers. Partial reversal with 15 mg of atipamezole IV resulted in a short recovery duration without obvious side effects.

How to Cite:

Alonso, B. & Bouts, T. & Gasthuys, F. & Schauvliege, S., (2022) “Anesthesia of five captive amur tigers (Panthera tigris altaica) with a medetomidine-ketamine combination”, Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift 91(5), 219–223. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/vdt.85301

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Published on
31 Oct 2022
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