Rabbit general anesthesia for cataract surgery using cisatracurium as neuromuscular blocking drug. Case study

Published in Scientific Papers. Series D. Animal Science, Vol. LV
Written by Alexandru Cosmin TUTUNARU, Alexandru ȘONEA, Charlotte SANDERSEN

Surgeries on rabbits are more and more frequently as they are used as pet animals and the owner is interested in their welfare. Cataract surgery is already a routine intervention in small animals as dogs and cats. This is why the aim of this study is to present a case study of a rabbit anesthesia for cataract surgery. Our subject was a three year old female laboratory rabbit which weight 2.07 kg. We premedicated him using butorphanol 0.4 mg/kg and midazolam 1 mg/kg subcutaneous 30 minutes before induction. To prevent sever bradicardia,we administered glycopyrrolate 0.01 mg/kg. Induction was realized using ketamine 10% and midazolam 0.5% mixed in the same volume and administered at a dose of 2 ml/kg. After induction the rabbit was intubated using blind technique and isoflurane was administered by the endotracheal tube. The rabbit was perfused at a rate of 20 ml/kg/h with Hartman solution, colloids and glucose all along anesthesia. To minimize the risk of cataract surgery we administered cisatracurium at a dose of 0,05 mg/kg as multiple boluses. Neuromuscular blockade was assessed using a standard peripheral nerve stimulator. Postoperative we administered enrofloxacine 5 mg/kg, meloxicam 0.2 mg/kg for postoperative analgesia and metoclopramide 0.5 mg/kg for digestive stimulation. Even if there is no dose given in literature for cisatracurium in rabbits, we concluded that it can be used with great success and with no incidence at a dose used for dogs and cats.

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Tutunaru A. C., Șonea A., Sandersen C., 2012, Rabbit general anesthesia for cataract surgery using cisatracurium as neuromuscular blocking drug. Case study. Scientific Papers. Series D. Animal Science, Vol. LV, ISSN-L 2285-5750, 255-257.

 


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