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Basic principles of wildlife anaesthesia

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Anaesthesia of wildlife casualties can be challenging. Many patients suffer stress, related not only to disease or injury, but to confinement in captivity. This is exacerbated by restraint and handling and often necessitates the use of sedation or anaesthesia for thorough examination. It is important that the basic principles of good anaesthesia are applied, that the patient and equipment are prepared correctly and that appropriate methods of chemical restraint are chosen.

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6.3 Mask induction of anaesthesia in a gannet () using a mask adapted from a plastic bottle to accommodate the elongated bill. The smallest container possible should ideally be used to avoid increasing dead space unnecessarily. (© Richard Saunders)
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6.4 Chamber induction of anaesthesia in a hedgehog (). (© Richard Saunders)
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6.5 Anaesthetized grey seal () with oesophageal stethoscope and catheterized extradural intravertebral vein. (© Richard Saunders)
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6.6 Pulse oximetry and Doppler ultrasound probe in use on an anaesthetized little egret (). A Bair Hugger forced-air warming device is also in use.
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6.7 Pulse oximetry in use on an anaesthetized hedgehog. (© Elizabeth Mullineaux)
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6.8 Peregrine falcon () attached to ventilator with sidestream capnography. (© Jenna Richardson)
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6.9 Remote delivery of etorphine in a red deer () using a dart rifle to project a 3 ml dart into the gluteal muscles.
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6.10 Intubated mute swan (). (© Richard Saunders)
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6.11 Coot () with air sac tube in the left caudal thoracic air sac.
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6.12 Topical application of a mixture of 3 ml isoflurane, 1.5 ml water and 3.5 ml KY Jelly to induce anaesthesia in a guttural toad () given to effect.
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