Badgers (Meles meles)

Table of doses for badgers

Drug Dose Comments
Gaseous anaesthesia can be used in all species and in most it is the preferred method
  • 4-6.5 mg/kg i.v.
  • Induction of anaesthesia where an i.v. line is already in place
  • Dose dependent on use and type of premedication
  • 0.25-1 mg/kg i.v., i.m. for mild sedation
  • In combination with medetomidine for deep sedation:
    • Ketamine (5-7.5 mg/kg) + medetomidine (0.04 mg/kg) i.m.
  • In combination with medetomidine and butorphanol for deep sedation:
    • Ketamine (4 mg/kg) + medetomidine (0.02 mg/kg) + butorphanol (0.4 mg/kg) i.m.
  • Deep sedation is generally required for routine procedures such as blood sampling and radiography
  • For doses in combination with ketamine for deep sedation see above
  • For doses in combination with ketamine and butorphanol for deep sedation see above
  • Deep sedation is generally required for routine procedures such as blood sampling and radiography
  • Reverse with atipamezole
  • 0.10-0.2 mg/kg i.m. (5x dose (mg/kg) medetomidine used)
  • Reversal of medetomidine: 5 times the medetomidine dose (i.e. equal volume of the 5 mg/ml atipamezole solution)
  • In common with most species, a delay in reversal of medetomidine of at least 20 minutes after the administration of combinations with ketamine is recommended
  • 0.02 mg/kg i.m., i.v., s.c., q6h (as required)
  • Opioid analgesic for mild/moderate pain
  • 4 mg/kg i.v., i.m., s.c., p.o. q24h
  • 2 mg/kg p.o. q12h
  • NSAID for mild/moderate pain
  • The usual considerations for the careful use of NSAIDs in dehydrated, hypovolaemic or hypertensive animals, as well as those with underlying gastrointestinal disease, should be observed
  • 0.2 mg/kg s.c., p.o., single dose
  • 0.1 mg/kg p.o. q24h commencing 24 hours after injection
  • 0.1-0.5 mg/kg i.m. q4h (as required)
  • Opioid analgesic for moderate/severe pain
  • 0.5 mg/kg i.m. q4h (as required)

Antibiotic use (both appropriate and inappropriate) imposes a powerful selection pressure on bacteria and is the primary driver of antibiotic resistance. Eliminating unnecessary use in people and animals is, therefore, essential to safeguard this invaluable resource. The reader is referred to the Guidelines for responsible antibiotic use for further information
Amoxicillin/clavulanate (co-amoxiclav)
  • 8.75 mg/kg i.m. q24h , for 5-7 days
  • Broad-spectrum bactericidal
  • Pre-emptive use where bacteraemia or cellulitis is suspected
  • 50 mg/kg p.o. on 3 consecutive days
  • Useful for treating co-infection with spp. and spp.
  • 30 mg/kg p.o.; repeat after 10 days
  • Useful for treating coccidiosis

NSAID(s) = non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug(s)

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