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Anaesthesia of gemsbok (Oryx gazella) with a combination of A3080, medetomidine and ketamine

D. Grobler, M. Bush, D. Jessup, W. Lance
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 72, No 2 | a622 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jsava.v72i2.622 | © 2001 D. Grobler, M. Bush, D. Jessup, W. Lance | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 July 2001 | Published: 09 July 2001

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An effective anaesthesia protocol was developed for adult free-ranging gemsbok (Oryx gazella) using a combination of A3080, medetomidine and ketamine. Ashort induction time; good muscle relaxation, adequate oxygenation and stable heart rate and respiration rate characterised this anaesthetic regime. Equal doses of A3080 and medetomidine (22-45 µg/kg) plus 200 mg of ketamine were administered to each animal. The anaesthesia was rapidly and completely reversed by intramuscular naltrexone at a dose of X = 0.9 ± 0.2 mg/kg and atipamezole at a dose X±90 ±20 µg/kg. No mortality or morbidity occurred with this protocol.


A3080; Anaesthesia; Atipamezole; Gemsbok; Ketamine; Medetomidine; Naltrexone; Oryx Gazella; Oxygen Saturation


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