Fifty‐eight foals were divided into two groups for study of aspects of the clinical anesthetic management of foals and to characterize effects of halothane (n = 30) and isoflurane (n = 28) in foals. There were no significant differences (P > 0.05) in die demographics of the two groups. Results of hemograms and biochemical analysis of venous blood samples before and after anesthesia were either not influenced or only mildly (clinically unimportant) affected by either agent. Like adult horses, foals have an increased PaCO2 when anesthetized with inhaled anesthetics. We could detect no difference in the magnitude of increase in PaC02 with either anesthetic. Anesthetic induction and recovery was most rapid with isoflurane. The quality of induction and recovery was similarly acceptable with either agent. Heart rate during isoflurane was not significantly different from conscious conditions but during halothane, heart rate was significantly less than control except at 91‐120 min when statistical significance was not detected. These results support the clinical impression that foals can be safely and reliably anesthetized with either agent.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1991|
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