n Journal of the South African Veterinary Association - Anaesthesia of gemsbok () with a combination of A3080, medetomidine and ketamine

Volume 72, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1019-9128
  • E-ISSN: 2224-9435


An effective anaesthesia protocol was developed for adult free-ranging gemsbok (<i>Oryx gazella</i>) 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 &lt;i&gt;X&lt;/i&gt; = 0.9 ± 0.2 mg/kg and atipamezole at a dose <i>X</i>±90 ±20 µg/kg. No mortality or morbidity occurred with this protocol.

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