Effects of propofol as an anaesthetic agent in adult lions (Panthera leo)

A comparison with two established protocols

A. Epstein, R. White, I. H. Horowtiz, Philip H Kass, R. Ofri

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The aims of this study were to evaluate the effects of a ketamine/propofol anaesthetic protocol in lions (Panthera leo), and to compare it to two commonly used anaesthetic protocols. Seventeen adult lions were anaesthetised using three different protocols. Group XK (n = 6) was anaesthetised with intramuscular (i.m.) injections of xylazine and ketamine. Group KD (n = 5) was anaesthetised with an i.m. injection of ketamine, followed by an intravenous (i.v.) injection of ketamine of diazepam. Group KP (n = 6) was anaesthetised with an i.m. injection of ketamine followed by an i.v. injection of propofol. There was a significant difference in heart rate (P < 0.0002), which was lowest in group XK and highest in KD. Jaw tone was significantly lower in Group XK (P < 0.05). No undesirable effects were noted following injection of the propofol. Propofol was a suitable and safe drug for maintenance of anaesthesia in adult lions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-140
Number of pages4
JournalResearch in Veterinary Science
Volume72
Issue number2
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StatePublished - 2002

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Lions
Panthera leo
Ketamine
ketamine
Propofol
anesthetics
Anesthetics
Intramuscular Injections
intramuscular injection
intravenous injection
Intravenous Injections
Xylazine
diazepam
xylazine
Diazepam
Jaw
jaws
heart rate
anesthesia
Anesthesia

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Effects of propofol as an anaesthetic agent in adult lions (Panthera leo) : A comparison with two established protocols. / Epstein, A.; White, R.; Horowtiz, I. H.; Kass, Philip H; Ofri, R.

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