Abstracts: The effects of diazepam or midazolam on the dose of propofol required to induce anaesthesia in cats

OBJECTIVES: Assess effects of benzodiazepine administration on the propofol dose required to induce anaesthesia in healthy cats, investigate differences between midazolam and diazepam, and determine an optimal benzodiazepine dose for co-induction.

STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, randomised, blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial.

ANIMALS: Ninety client-owned cats (ASA I and II) with a median (interquartile range) body mass of 4.0 (3.4-4.9) kg.

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Clinical Zoo: Anaesthetising an ape

General anaesthesia is undertaken every day in veterinary practice, so much so that anaesthetising dogs, cats and horses is reasonably routine. But anaesthesia of captive wildlife – even for experienced keepers – takes extensive planning, and requires a team approach to ensure the wellbeing of the patient and the safety of veterinarians, nurses and keepers.

Frala, a female western lowland gorilla, recently underwent an anaesthetic as part of a routine health check at Taronga Zoo. The experienced mother has given birth to six gorillas, including sons Fuzu and Fataki, to the Zoo’s previous silverback, Kibabu. Continue reading Clinical Zoo: Anaesthetising an ape