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Fighting for America’s National Bird

In a past Morris Animal Foundation-funded study at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, researchers showed that sevoflurane is safer and more effective than isoflurane in anesthetizing bald eagles. Although both anesthetic agents provided good anesthesia with rapid induction and recovery times, animals recovered more quickly from anesthesia with sevoflurane. In addition, eagles under sevoflurane had lower heart rates and blood pressure and experienced fewer cardiac side effects than those under isoflurane.

This study showed that sevoflurane is a superior anesthetic agent for use in adult bald eagles. Because these side effects could cause further problems in eagles with certain medical problems, sevoflurane is particularly preferable in comprised patients.


Posted by MAFon July 4, 2012.

Categories: Animal health, Veterinary research , Wildlife health

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