Induction of anaesthesia in wild rabbits using a new alfaxalone formulation

M.K. Marsh, S.R. Mcleod, A. Hansen, Shane Maloney

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[Truncated abstract] A new formulation of alfaxalone in 2-hydropropyl-beta-cyclodextrin, alfaxan-CD RTU, was registered in 2000 in Australia for the induction of anaesthesia in cats and dogs (Ferré and others 2006). Positive reports of its reliability as an anaesthetic agent have led to the use of this new formulation in other species, including raptors (Punch 2001), fish (Ebner and others 2007) and pigs (Keates 2003). In rabbits, smooth and safe anaesthetic induction has been challenging (Hedenqvist and others 2002). Most injectable anaesthetic agents are associated with long recovery times, whereas inhalation anaesthetics tend to cause excessive struggling in rabbits during induction (Hedenqvist and others 2001). Neither stressful induction nor a long recovery is desirable when anaesthetising wild animals in the field. Anaesthetic induction with the new formulation of alfaxalone as part of a multidrug protocol might be an effective alternative to other anaesthetic protocols. Alfaxan-CD RTU was recently registered in the UK for use in rabbits and has since been trialled under laboratory conditions (Grint and others 2008)...
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-123
JournalThe veterinary record
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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