The anesthesia/immobilization of giraffe is a unique specialty due to a combination of problems usually encountered in the procedure resulting in mortality or morbidity to the patient. This paper presents a historical description of the early drugs and methods and documents of the advances made in giraffe anesthesia during the last three decades. Also included […]
What you see is not what you get: Accuracy of noninvasive anesthetic monitoring in the anesthetized giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)
An abstract on the study that evaluated the accuracy of pulse oximetry, capnography, and oscillometric blood pressure during general anesthesia in giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis). Conference proceedings.
General anesthesia poses risks for larger zoo species, like cardiorespiratory depression, myopathy, and hyperthermia. In ruminants, ruminal bloat and regurgitation of rumen contents with potential aspiration pneumonia are added risks. Thus, the use of sedation to perform minor procedures is justified in zoo animals. A combination of detomidine and butorphanol has been routinely used in […]
This study evaluated the accuracy of pulse oximetry, capnography, and oscillometric blood pressure during general anesthesia in giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis). Thirty-two giraffes anesthetized for physiologic experiments were instrumented with a pulse oximeter transmittance probe positioned on the tongue and a capnograph sampling line placed at the oral end of the endotracheal tube. A human size […]
The use of controlled induction to minimize traumatic injury to Reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) using thiafentanil, medetomidine, and ketamine
An abstract on a talk given for describing an immobilization procedure aimed at reducing injury to giraffe during induction.
An abstract for a talk given on giraffe cardiovascular physiology through utilizing both anesthatized giraffes and freshly dead giraffes.
The abstract for a talk given on the use of a gas or electrical powered leaf blower as an effective ventilator for giraffe anesthesia in the field.
Thirty immobilizations of captive giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) using a combination of medetomidine and ketamine
Immobilization of giraffe and the associated risks have been previously described in the literature.1,2,5 The use of medetomidine and ketamine for immobilization of free-ranging giraffe has also been described.3 This report summarizes the immobilization of captive giraffe using this same drug combination.