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Reptiles

Anesthetic recovery

Contributor(s): David Perpinan, Sarah Pellett

Introduction

  • Recovery may take a long while in reptiles.
  • Recovery times of hours or even days have been reported for some species and with some anesthetic protocols, eg ketamine. However, as a general rule recovery takes 10-30 min.
  • As recovery is a critical period, shortening the recovery time may decrease anesthetic/post-anesthetic complications.
  • Return to spontaneous respiration is a useful parameter for recovery.

General guidelines

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Anesthetic complications

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Bertelsen M F (2014) Squamates (Snakes and Lizards). In: Zoo Animals and Wildlife Immobilization and Anesthesia. 2nd edn. Eds: West G, Heard D & Caulkett N. Wiley-Blackwell, USA. pp 351-363.
  • Vigani A (2014) Chelonia (Tortoises, Turtles and Terrapins). In: Zoo Animals and Wildlife Immobilization and Anesthesia. 2nd eds. Eds: West G, Heard D & Caulkett N. Wiley-Blackwell, USA. pp 365-387.
  • Schumacher J & Yelen T (2006) Anesthesia and Analgesia. In: Reptile Medicine and Surgery. 2nd edn. Ed: Mader D R. Saunders Elsevier, USA. pp 442-452.
  • Girling S J & Raiti P (2004) BSAVA Manual of Reptiles. BSAVA, UK. pp 383.


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